Beijing to regulate traffic to Control Air Pollution Levels
The authorities in the Chinese capital, Beijing have released a new regulation for consultation that proposes to restrict the number vehicles plying on city roads on days that record high level of air pollution.
If implemented, the new regulation could limit the total number of vehicles being permitted to run in the city, which is known for its heavy smog. The municipal government has released the Beijing Municipal Air Pollution Control Regulation draft that proposes keeping certain number of vehicles away from roads during heavy air pollution to protect the health of the people.
The draft also suggests emergency preparation, forecasts, warning alerts and a response system during the time of heavy air pollution in the city. The draft says that he municipal government will have to power to take emergency steps like halting factory production, cutting back on burning coal and limiting the number of vehicles after issuing air pollution notices.
The draft is being developed jointly by the municipal government and the Beijing’s people's congress and is aimed at solving the issue of air pollution of the city. Data showed that an index measuring particulate matter with a diameter of 2.5 micrometers rose to 400 in some parts in the city while World Health Organisation recommends a daily level of no more than 20.
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