The Italian minister for the environment has agreed to offer financial incentives to those who buy a new motorino mopeds most commonly owned by Italians. Anyone buying one of the new Euro 2 mopeds, which have been in circulation since June 2002, and which emit less dangerous exhaust fumes, will be given a 250 contribution towards the purchase. There are currently six million small motorcycles on the Italian roads, 70 per cent of them dating from before June 1999 and therefore classed as Euro 0, those which emit the most dangerous exhaust fumes. The minister has been criticised for this measure, which will cost 25 million, because instead of offering the incentive to anyone who trades in an old motorino to buy a new one, the incentive is available to anyone buying a Euro 2 motorino whether or not an old motorcycle is destroyed.
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