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Studded tires to be banned?

The Reykjavík City Environmental Health and Protection Committee suggested yesterday that studded tires should be banned for a longer period in winter. Studded tires are used for driving in snow and are known to cause air pollution.

Currently, it is allowed to use studded tires in winter from October 31 to April 15 in all parts of the country. Usually there is less snow in Reykjavík and the capital region than in the Westfjords, for example.

According to Morgunbladid, head of the Environmental Health and Protection Committee, Gísli Marteinn Baldursson, said the suggestion included adding two weeks to the ban in fall and spring, but said it was possible to adopt different periods for different regions.

Baldursson pointed out that studded tires were hardly needed in the capital anymore, as streets are cleared and salted regularly in winter.

“We want to do everything we can to make the city healthier, more beautiful and human friendly and we do not believe that these measures threaten traffic safety but create a better city,” Baldursson said.

Click here to read more about air pollution in Reykjavík.

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