Ten tickets have been issued to truck drivers who have entered downtown Haifa during rush hours, in opposition to new rules. The rules, which Israel Police actively began enforcing on January 18th, prohibit heavy trucks (more than 12 tons) from entering the neighborhood during certain times, in order to reduce vehicular pollution. They are part of the Haifa Bay Action Plan to Reduce Pollution and Environmental Risks.
The traffic prohibitions are part of the creation of Israel’s first-ever low-emission zone, an area restricted to polluting diesel vehicles.
In the first phase of implementation, heavy trucks are barred from main arteries in Haifa during rush hour, from 6:30-9:30 in the morning and 15:00-18:00 in the afternoon. Affected streets are: Ha’atzmaut Blvd.; Jaffa Street; Hativat Golani; Rothschild Blvd.; Pal-Yam Blvd.; Hameginim Blvd.; Allenby Street; Hazionut Blvd.; and Shivat Zion Street.
In the next phase, polluting diesel vehicles will be prohibited from entering the area that will be defined as a low-emission zone. At the same time, light trucks will receive a 40% reduction on Carmel Tunnel fares, in order to encourage them to keep off the roads in populated areas.
The Ministry of Environmental Protection will continue to monitor air quality in downtown Haifa throughout the duration of the program.
Learn more about the Haifa Bay Action Plan to Reduce Pollution and Environmental Risks.