About 18 months ago the city authorities imposed Venice’s first ban on motorboats. It was only for a few hours, but during that time only electric, hybrid, or human-powered vessels were permitted; most of the 7000 or so registered craft were not.
Why the ban? To highlight the effect of exhaust fumes in damaging the fabric of the city’s architectural riches. Venice has to contend with so many threats; the slow sinking into the marshes, the flooding of Acqua Alta, the acid effects of air pollution, and of course the water erosion caused by the wake of the higher powered vessels.
Of course, with so many residents owning a small boat to get about in, any curb is bound to be controversial, but we car drivers are gradually adapting our vehicles so perhaps there’s hope yet.
- Venice imposes short Grand Canal boat ban (bbc.co.uk)