Florence, bus parked with the engine running to the air conditioner: a daily “dose” of pollution

Bus parked: during our service we verified that they had the engine running

“It is unacceptable behavior – thunders the President of District 2 Michele Pierguidi – and as a municipal administration we must intervene as soon as possible to solve the problem, because the pollution they generate is unacceptable and so is a waste of energy in such a delicate moment. “

FLORENCE. Coach with the engines running for hours to take advantage of the air conditioner without thinking about the environment and pollution. Almost a mockery and a challenge for the Palazzo Vecchio, which plans to launch a “green shield” blocking the entrance to polluting cars in the city. This is what happens every day at the tourist bus checkpoints in Florence, especially in the areas of Varlungo, Bellariva and Viale Aldo Moro, right in front of the former Tenda Theater. But also in viale Paoli, on the stretch adjacent to Fiorentina campini and even on the edge of the ice rink and ice rink, where many children play.
Dozens and dozens of buses bring hundreds of tourists every day to visit the center of Florence, unload them near the Arno river and then return to the dedicated checkpoints, just enough time for the group to visit the city. And it is precisely during the period of stopping at the check-in point that the drivers, in order to rest, keep the engine running, which allows the use of air conditioning. A mistreatment that generates further pollution for the one who is now attacking our cities, but which seems to make the many motorists passing through the car parks in the Tuscan capital indifferent.
“It is unacceptable behavior – thunders the President of District 2 Michele Pierguidi – and as a municipal administration we must intervene as soon as possible to solve the problem, because the pollution they generate is unacceptable and so is a waste of energy in such a delicate moment. “

“We will no longer have that checkpoint – Pierguidi explains, referring to the stop in Varlungo – because the residents have had to endure the inconvenience it causes too much,” the district president added. “I hope that with the new tram arriving at Bagno a Ripoli can find a new location nearby,” he concludes. “It is the foreign drivers who behave like this” trying to remove the blame two ‘colleagues’ from the center-south. “If the police pass by and find us here with the engines running – explains one of the two – then they give us a fine and the company targets us for a warning letter, maybe that’s not the case for them and they do not think so themselves. but what shall they do, keeping closed without air? ‘.
In fact, in our inspection we see several buses with the engine running and with a foreign number plate on which one can see the drivers inside the vehicle who are keen to read or watch a movie. A behavior that is clearly prohibited by the municipality of Florence, so much so that at the entrance to the section reserved for parking large tourist buses, a sign is placed regulating the behavior to be followed, with a simple rule that must be respected: “During stopping, it is mandatory to keep the engine switched off”.
For this reason, the problem of pollution generated by heavy vehicles can not be underestimated, also given the number of bus entrances in the city, which in the pre-Covid era exceeded 60 thousand per year. An impressive figure for Florentine tourism, with over 3 million visitors entering Florence each year by bus, for a tourism that is mainly ‘hit and run’, with arrivals and departures within the day, creating the problem of intensive use of the city. A topic that is dear to both the municipal administration and the industry associations, which have been working for a long time to counteract this type of tourism. It is clear that tourist buses have an important ecological impact.
Florence is behind Bologna, in second place among the cities in Italy for CO2 emissions per capita. per capita (2,055 kg / year) with regard to road transport. Also for this reason, the rules that the Palazzo Vecchio imposes on access to tourist buses will be, at least in theory, strict. The regulated by the Ztl bus effectively prohibits access to the entire Florentine city and only provides access to vehicles with a badge.
The passport is very expensive and can even cost up to 400 euros a day, which contributes significantly to the income of the municipal coffers. A ‘price’ that, however, can not be so expensive for the air and the environment in Florence.

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