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Capital to discourage cars 


Santa Cruz is aiming to clean up its act when it comes to traffic and congestion in the city.

A major study has been approved which will look at “greener” alternatives over the next two years.

The project is costing around 180,000 euros but is part of a European directive which requires places with more than 100,000 inhabitants to look at reducing the impact of private cars on the en-vironment.

The city council gave the go-ahead to the “Sustainable Urban Mobility” study for the entire area of Santa Cruz. The aim is to encourage use of public transport and to gra-dually lower the number of private cars in the capital. This, it is hoped, will also cut congestion.

The use of vehicles using alternative energy, such as battery cars, will also be encourage.