Swiss ban on foreign lorries
Monday 21 February 1994
It aims to preserve the Alps from pollution by the thousands of freight trucks that roar across the country, and requires that they be hauled by rail. The decision will have a profound effect on freight hauliers, since the shortest route between Germany and Italy is via the St Gotthard Pass. It will also worsen relations between Switzerland and its EU neighbours but, under Switzerland's system of direct democracy, the people's decision in a plebiscite is final.
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