the Municipality wants it back but presses the protest

The restricted traffic area in the center of Palermo had been suspended following the enactment of the anti Covid-19 measures. The measure announced by the Municipality is creating discontent

The municipality of Palermo has communicated the reactivation of the limited traffic day area in the center starting from 2 March (the night one remains suspended in consideration of the persistence of mobility bans from 10pm to 5am due to the current health emergency linked to Covid-19).

The choice, announced by the Municipality, which has sown panic among residents and especially motorists and which has already led to harsh reactions from municipal councilors and representatives of citizen movements.

A choice defined as “crazy and without logic” by Domenico Bonanno, a member of the regional management of It will become beautiful, who for a few months has embarked on a real personal battle for the suspension of the ZTL in Palermo.

“Despite the difficult time from a social and economic point of view and despite the fact that the city has been completely paralyzed for some weeks due to interruptions and narrowings on the avenue of the Sicilian Region – says – the award-winning company Orlando – Catania decides to reactivate the ZTL. An absurd decision that we strongly contest, which penalizes citizens and will only cause further traffic paralysis ”.

For this reason, a new request for an extension of the suspension was sent to the Mayor, the councilor for mobility and their offices, “with the hope that this will be accepted and that common sense will prevail”

«The choice of the commissioner Giusto Catania to reactivate the ZTL while viale Regione Siciliana is in chaos more total – says the city councilor and leader of the League Igor Gelarda -, with the narrowing of Corleone Bridge and the closure of the section at via Principe di Paternò sounds like a real attack on the city and the people of Palermo. Forced to live all day in the car.

Not to mention – he adds – that the Via Roma, in the section outside the ZTL, is still affected from construction sites, as is via Ruggero Settimo. In addition, someone tell Giusto Catania that the coronavirus emergency is far from over, that gatherings should not be encouraged even on the buses which, moreover, are in Palermo.
in ridiculous numbers.

Only the commissioner who managed to make the city of Palermo the busiest in Italy, says so the Tomtom index, he might have had such an idea. While Palermo is submerged by rubbish, hundreds of coffins are stacked at the cemetery of the Rolls, no one takes care of street maintenance anymore, the city is in full economic recession and many businesses risk not opening anymore, a priority of the councilor Catania is the reactivation of the ZTL. We appeal to Orlando, take Catania out of the council and let the city breathe a little ».

Even on social media the riot has already broken out for many citizens who are clamoring for the provision to be withdrawn at the moment and the suspension of the Ztl extended again.

Provision that, as we said, will be in force from 2 March. As stated on the Municipality website, “On the recommendation of the mayor Leoluca Orlando and the Councilor for mobility, Giusto Catania, the Mobility Office, in agreement with AMAT and SISPI, is preparing what is necessary for the reactivation of the gates and for the calculation of the days of extension of the access passes that had been suspended last December 23 together with the suspension of the ZTL. The decision was taken into consideration of the results emerged from the analysis of traffic flows, which indicate a constant increase since the end of the lockdown “.

Always the municipality provides indications, “As announced, everyone active passes from the day of the suspension of the ZTL (22 December 2020) they will be extended of validity for unused days. Basically, the days of validity that were remaining starting from December 22 will be added to the validity starting from March 2. In any case, between Monday and next Wednesday all pass holders will receive a communication from SISPI with the new expiry date.

Those whose passes had already expired on December 22, will be able to renew or request a new pass from tomorrow, with the usual channels, through the portal of the Municipality ”

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