Towns may soon be able to impose emissions limits in city centres

The lower house has passed a bill which would enable towns to ban high-emissions cars from city centres. The legislation would enable town halls to effectively ban older cars from entering certain streets and impose further restrictions in the event of a smog alert. The bill was drafted by deputies from the Ostrava region where air-pollution is a serious problem and the local authorities have little means of restricting traffic. The bill has yet to go through the Senate and be signed by the president.