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Rome bans all diesel vehicles to combat rising smog

Oil companies accused the city council of overreacting

Rome banned all diesel vehicles from its roads for the first time on Tuesday to try to combat rising pollution, with numerous other cities in central and northern Italy also imposing curbs to cut harmful emissions. Rome city council banned diesel cars, vans and motorbikes during peak hours on Tuesday, with the worst polluting vehicles barred from the streets from dawn to dusk. Some areas of Rome have exceeded that level - above which air quality is considered a potential health hazard - in 10