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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Hashtag #Handsoffmyvespa (Born in Genoa, dies in Genoa)

It's a TRAGIC!
The scooter owners in Genoa, the birthplace of the Vespa, protested the city government plans to ban the circulation of the Vespas produced before 1999  in order to overcome the pollution.

In the meantime, they can breathe a sigh of relief after the mayor of Genoa agreed to postpone the application of these rules.
Vespas produced before 1999 will be banned from the centre of Genoa between 7am and 7pm. (Picture from: http://dailym.ai/1U8V4Dw)
By using the hashtag #Handsoffmyvespa went viral on social media, the scooter owners in the coastal city of northwest Italy also carries the slogan "Born in Genoa, dies in Genoa".

Genoa has the highest ratio of motorcycles per capita than any other city in Italy. In December, the mayor Marco Doria signed the initiative scheduled anti-smoke effect from February 2016, and has the potential will be impounded approximately 20,000 old scooters in the city.
By using the unique pressing steel frame, Vespa became famous outside Italy, one of thanks to the 'Roman Holiday' film, starring Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck in 1953. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/1PCLGnO)
This policy prohibits the operation of the old scooters from 7am to 7pm and has led to such outrage that the mayor of Genoa has been forced to postpone the ban until April 2016 and give more time for the scooter owners looking for the alternative mode of transportation.

"It should not happen," said Vittorio Vernazzano from Vespa Club Genova, as told to local media Corriere della Sera, as quoted by the Daily Mail, on Saturday, January 16, 2016.
The proposed Vespa ban has led to such outrage that the mayor of Genoa has been forced to postpone the ban until April. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/1PCLGnO)
"Especially in 2016, which marked the 70th anniversary of the birth of Vespa in Genoa, where (Vespa) started being produced by Genovese entrepreneur, Enrico Piaggio."

The city is very dominant with the scooters, and had the least number of cars in Italy, along with Venice where the main mode of transportation is by boat or gondola. The Vespa proponents said the public transport services in Genoa is very bad. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | DAILYMAIL]
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