Dozens of Romanians have protested against poor air quality in the capital, which recently was ranked one of Europe’s most traffic-congested cities.

People walk wearing masks during an anti-pollution protest outside the city hall in Bucharest, Romania, Wednesday, Dec. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
People walk wearing masks during an anti-pollution protest outside the city hall in Bucharest, Romania, Wednesday, Dec. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

Demonstrators wore medical face masks as they protested outside City Hall in Bucharest on Wednesday. The city of 2.1 million residents has poor roads, limited parking and some 1.25 million registered vehicles.

A man wears a mask during an anti-pollution protest outside the city hall in Bucharest, Romania, Wednesday, Dec. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
A man wears a mask during an anti-pollution protest outside the city hall in Bucharest, Romania, Wednesday, Dec. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
People walk wearing masks during an anti-pollution protest outside the city hall in Bucharest, Romania, Wednesday, Dec. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
People walk wearing masks during an anti-pollution protest outside the city hall in Bucharest, Romania, Wednesday, Dec. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

Traffic congestion is compounded by a patchy public transport system including a skeletal subway network built in the communist era.

An elderly couple walks by men wearing masks during an anti-pollution protest outside the city hall in Bucharest, Romania, Wednesday, Dec. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
An elderly couple walks by men wearing masks during an anti-pollution protest outside the city hall in Bucharest, Romania, Wednesday, Dec. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
People walk wearing masks during an anti-pollution protest outside the city hall in Bucharest, Romania, Wednesday, Dec. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
People walk wearing masks during an anti-pollution protest outside the city hall in Bucharest, Romania, Wednesday, Dec. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

City Hall responded to the protesters, saying it is working to improve air quality by updating the public transport system, encouraging alternative transport and fining people and companies for illegally dumping waste.

A woman wears a mask during an anti-pollution protest while walking past policemen outside the city hall in Bucharest, Romania, Wednesday, Dec. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
A woman wears a mask during an anti-pollution protest while walking past policemen outside the city hall in Bucharest, Romania, Wednesday, Dec. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

In 2017, mapping and navigation services provider TomTom published a survey of traffic congestion for 189 cities around the world. Bucharest ranked fifth.

Source: The Associated Press

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