New traffic 'ring' to apply in downtown Athens as of September 1

The restrictions preventing some cars from entering the center of Athens have been lifted for the summer, marking the end of the so-called “ring” based on license plate numbers, which began in 1982 to combat pollution and congestion.

From September 1, only low-emission cars will only be allowed to enter central Athens during peak hours.

Under the new scheme, only cars which comply with the Euro 5 emissions standard introduced in September 2009 will be allowed to drive into or through the center.

Vehicles that meet the Euro 4 standard but emit less than 140 g/km of carbon and hybrid cars will also be allowed access at all times. 

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