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No extension to ban on studded snow tires

Published fredag 19 juli 2013 kl 15.06
Snow tires with metal spikes are blamed for tearing up the roads and polluting the air with asphalt dust. Photo: Jesicca Gow/Scanpix

The city of Stockholm has decided not to extend a ban on studded winter tires, which are held partly responsible for the poor air quality on some heavily trafficked Stockholm streets.

Currently, drivers using studded snow tires are prevented from using one Stockholm street and the Stockholm county administrative board wanted to extend the ban to two more streets.

Swedish minister of environment Lena Ek told Swedish Radio that she is disappointed in the decision.

Sweden has been warned that it could face costly fines from the EU because of the air pollution in some areas of Stockholm.

Ek called the decision regrettable. She claimed that 6,000 people die prematurely in Sweden every year because of poor air quality.

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