With the contribution of the LIFE programme of the European Union - LIFE14 ENV/GR/000611
Free public transport as smog covers Warsaw
The city of Warsaw has made public transport free in an effort to encourage people to leave their cars at home as the Polish capital battles record levels of smog. The problems, according to the Regional Inspectorate for Environmental Protection in Warsaw, are caused by a combination of low temperatures, more emissions caused by people heating their homes and very low wind speeds.
The city appealed to public to stop using fireplaces, and reminded them of the total ban on burning waste. The city has also equipped five police cars with special equipment in order to be able to test particulate matter in the air.
Warsaw’s decision comes a week after Paris (France) also let its citizens travel on public transport for no cost as it faced its worst air pollution for a decade.
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Start Date: 15 September 2015 – Duration: 35 months