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New Beijing Laws Take 800,000 Cars Off the Road in China

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Around 800,000 fewer cars were on the road in Beijing, China this Monday, following the introduction of radical new traffic laws aimed at reducing pollution in the city.

 

The new laws came into force today, and stipulate that 70% of government vehicles, as well as all private and corporate cars, take turns off the roads on one out of five weekdays.

 

The law works by banning cars with number plates ending one or six from the city’s roads on Mondays, and those with plates ending with two or seven on Tuesdays, three or eight on Wednesdays, four or nine Thursdays and five or zero Fridays. The ban does not apply on weekends.

 

[Read the rest at Gas 2.0]

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Nice - that's definitely an effective way to reduce pollution and emissions.

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 that is GREAT. really good carryover from their work in prepping for the olympics.  i'm so glad to hear -- was worried they'd go back to prior driving habits as soon as the games were over.

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I'm curious to see what the results of this policy will be, both from a pollution perspective and a congestion perspective. My initial reaction on the former is that it won't have a huge effect, largely because cars are not the largest source of pollution in cars with radiators in Beijing anyway.

 

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