Milan is the second largest city in Italy, one of the eight metropolitan areas in the world and one of the most densely populated cities in the world. From January 16, 2011, the Milan municipal government decided to use congestion charge-Area C project" to replace the "Ecopass " levied in 2008".
The access to the historical center of Milan is limited by the Congestion Charge area on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 7.30 to 19.30, and Thursday from 7.30 to 18. It is a combination of low emission zone policy and congestion pricing policy. To get into “Area C” you must activate an entrance ticket of 5 euro.
Its objectives are:
Decreasing road traffic in “Cerchia dei Bastioni” (city centre).
Improving public transport networks.
Raising funds for soft mobility infrastructures : cycle lanes, pedestrian zones, 30kph zones.
Improving the quality of life by reducing the number of accidents, uncontrolled parking, noise and air pollution.
Motorcycles and scooters, electric vehicles and, until the end of the experimental time, hybrid vehicles, as well as natural gas, LPG and bi-fuel vehicles are exempted from payment. Exemption is also provided for those vehicles transporting people with disabilities, subjected to life-saving treatments or for those who must go the first aid.
During the activation time, the access in “Area C” is forbidden to “Euro 0” petrol vehicles and to “Euro 0, 1, 2, 3” diesel vehicles with a length of more than 7.5 meters