Italian industry signs cleaner vehicle deal

Italy's environment ministry, largest car maker Fiat and national petrol producers' association signed a joint accord before Christmas pledging euros 578m to support uptake of cleaner vehicles. The "anti-smog" plan is intended to cut pollution by benzene and fine particles in line with EU air quality directives and also to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. Incentives will be on offer in all cities with over 150,000 inhabitants, with the aim of having some 300,000 liquefied petroleum gas or bi-fuel vehicles on the roads by 2005. See Italian environment ministry.

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