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dateline: 29 December 2015

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Smog Causes Driving Ban in Italy

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • smog: smoke and other pollution combined with fog
  • ban: a rule or law that disallows an action or prevents the use of something
  • license plate: the numbers and letters that identify a vehicle’s owner
  • exempt: not required to obey a rule or law that applies to others

Smog Causes Driving Ban in Italy

Heavy smog has resulted in major driving in two of Italy’s largest cities. In Milan, a 6-hour driving ban was put in place on Monday with further restrictions to follow. In , drivers must check their license plate numbers to see when they are allowed to drive on Monday and Tuesday. Hybrid and other environmentally-friendly are exempt from the ban in Rome. An anti-smog public transit ticket with a reduced price has been offered in Milan. The smog has in these cities this week due to , dry weather. Similar driving restrictions were put in place in Beijing this month due to severe pollution alerts.

Comprehension Questions

  1. Why are drivers in Milan and Rome facing driving restrictions this week?
  2. What types of vehicles are exempt from the driving ban?
  3. Why does the report mention Beijing?

Discussion Question: Should driving be banned in major city centres around the world? Why or why not?

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Written and recorded by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.
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