There were a number of short term odd and even number plate traffic restrictions in operation over the Christmas period. These are part of the air quality action plan, in the case of extremely high air pollution. The public was informed through the local media. They happened in the cities of Rome, Milan, Florence, and Pavia

Paris can also have an odd and even scheme in the case of very high pollution levels, and Athens has an odd and even car ban from September through June every year.

From January 2016 emergency measures are also possible in Stuttgart. In Stuttgart there was much discussion about an odd and even number plate ban, but the scheme is currently a request to reduce traffic and 'comfort fires' (fires not needed as part of the heating system).


An emergency odd and even number plate restriction was in place in Rome on the 21st and 22nd December 2015 to improve air quality.

- On the 21st and 22nd December 2015 from 7:30 – 12:30, 16:30 - 20:30. On the Monday cars with odd number plates were banned, on the Tuesday cars with even number plates were not allowed to drive

- the following vehicles are allowed to drive: natural gas, LPG, electric, hybrid, four-stroke, Euro 2 and Euro 3 two-wheeled mopeds and four-stroke motorcycles 

-  07:30 - 20:30 motorcycles, two, three and four wheels, 2 and 4 stroke, Euro 0 and Euro 1 were banned

The following cities had short term bans of all vehicles, again as part of their air quality measures.

Florence: There was a restriction on New Year’s eve.

Pavia:  28-30th December 2015, 10am and 4pm

Milan:  28-30th December 2015, 10am and 4pm, discount for public transport

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