Italy ministry moves to boost car sharing

Citizens of most major Italian cities will soon be able to join car sharing schemes of the type already operating in other European countries, the environment ministry announced last week. Ministry officials estimate that 100,000 motorists could take part in the new schemes by 2005, reducing CO2 emissions by 20,000 tonnes and the number of cars on Italy's roads by 50-100,000 vehicles over the period 2002-2005. The ministry is allocating euros 9.5m to help fund car-sharing initiatives, which are to be operated by local transport authorities. See press release.

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