No Polluting Vehicles in the City Center; the Next Step – All of Jerusalem
Starting in November, polluting diesel vehicles will not be allowed into the city center, the Jerusalem Municipality and the Ministry of Environmental Protection are promoting a Low-Emission Zone (LEZ) for improving air quality for residents
According to existing municipal law, during the first phase, entry of larger and older polluting vehicles (diesel vehicles weighing more than 3.5 tons produced prior to 2006) will be restricted from entering the city center starting in November 2019. This type of clean-air zone is already in effect in Haifa, at the initiative of the Ministry of Environment Protection, like in hundreds of major cities in Europe and around the world. The Ministry of Environmental Protection is investing NIS 10 million to assist the municipality in operating the project; an additional NIS 10 million in subsidizing the installation of filters by vehicle owners; and NIS 4 million in assistance to the Egged bus company for the purchase of ten electric buses which are starting to operate in Jerusalem these days. The ministry is investing NIS 24 million in total.
The updated plan will also include traffic restrictions on light diesel vehicles (except private vehicles), in accordance with the new regulations under the Clean Air Law. Gasoline powered vehicles will not be affected by the plan. The Jerusalem Municipality and the Ministry of Environmental Protection are working together so that Jerusalem remains at the forefront of innovation and maintains quality of life and the environment in the city.
MK Ze’ev Elkin, Minister of Environmental Protection and Minister of Jerusalem and Heritage: “Jerusalem joins Haifa as the second city in Israel prohibiting the entrance of polluting diesel vehicles. Air pollution from transportation is one of the major causes of death in Israel, and a reduction of emissions from polluting vehicles will lead to a significant reduction in air pollution in the capital, and I commend the Jerusalem Municipality for that. I call upon the Tel Aviv Municipality to join this important initiative so that Israel’s three major metropolitan areas reduce the air pollution in the country.”
Mayor Moshe Lion: “The cleanliness reform we are implementing in a number of ways will also include cleaning the air pollution in Jerusalem. Alongside the cleanliness in the public space, Saturday night garbage removal, removal of abandoned vehicles, refurbishing streets and plazas, caring for the city’s gardens and so on, we are also tackling air pollution. Cleaner air will result in better quality of life, better health and longevity. Mainly, we will restrict entrance to the city by trucks produced before 2005 and not meeting the required standards. However, with the assistance of the Ministry of Environmental Protection, their owners will be able to install filters that will allow their movement. A clean city with clean air – that’s real quality of life. I’m here for you.”