Beijing to Restrict Vehicles on Road During Games

From Xinhua:

Beijing is to ban vehicles with even and odd-numbered license plates on alternate days from July 20 to Sep. 20 to help improve the air quality for the Olympic Games, the city has announced.

Exceptions to the restrictions will include taxis, buses and emergency vehicles, said a statement on the website (www.bjjtw.gov.cn) of the Beijing Municipal Committee of Communications.

The statement said the intention of the restrictions was to improve traffic flows and air quality during the Olympics and Paralympics, and to fulfill Beijing’s commitment to host a “green Olympics”.

In the statement, the municipal government said the measure would be enforced throughout the city until Aug.28, but only in areas within the Fifth Ring Road and three freeways connecting downtown Beijing to the airport, Badaling and Chengde from Aug. 28 to Sep. 20.

Read also: Beijing to launch Olympic odd-even car ban in July on Reuters:

Beijing will introduce “odd-even” traffic restrictions for two months from July 20 to help ease congestion and reduce pollution during the Olympics and Paralympics, officials said on Friday.

Authorities hope the regulations will take 45 percent of the city’s 3.29 million cars off the road and reduce emissions from vehicles by 63 percent, officials told a news conference.

“Smooth traffic and good air quality are important factors in hosting a successful Olympic Games and also in fulfilling Beijing’s promises to the International Olympic Committee,” said transport department spokesman Zhou Zhengyu.Beijing will introduce “odd-even” traffic restrictions for two months from July 20 to help ease congestion and reduce pollution during the Olympics and Paralympics, officials said on Friday.

Authorities hope the regulations will take 45 percent of the city’s 3.29 million cars off the road and reduce emissions from vehicles by 63 percent, officials told a news conference.

“Smooth traffic and good air quality are important factors in hosting a successful Olympic Games and also in fulfilling Beijing’s promises to the International Olympic Committee,” said transport department spokesman Zhou Zhengyu.

June 20, 2008 9:22 AM
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