Venice authorities to crack down on water taxi colors

From yellow to purple, 'too many shades'

Venice authorities to crack down on water taxi colors

Venice, May 14 - Local authorities in Venice have said they will start cracking down on an uncoordinated explosion of color adorning the city's water taxis. Residents and tourists accustomed to the ubiquitous black gondolas and the mostly monochromatic water taxis are now facing an uncontrolled and unauthorized use of palettes ranging from white to yellow, gray and even purple, according to an article published Tuesday in La Nuova Venezia. "We haven't really considered the problem, for up until now we haven't seen many, but looking ahead we will consider placing some limits which, currently, aren't covered by the city's rules," Ugo Bergamo, the Venice city councilman charged with mobility issues told ANSA Tuesday. Until recently, water taxis were mostly made of wood, so they were either left in the wood color or, at most, painted white. The proliferation of water taxis made in fiberglass, which are easier to paint and require less maintenance, has led to the use of new colors. "Now we will have to establish rules and we will do it even if this novelty, whose exact numbers we don't know, is not at present having much of an impact on the city," said Bergamo.

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