Right: Traffic flows and air quality improved with the odd-even license plate restriction in Beijing during the Olympics
Beijing has decided not to make permanent the odd-even license number measure introduced during the Olympics in which drivers could only drive every other day, depending on whether their vehicle license number was odd or even.
On Saturday the restriction was removed, permitting private car owners to drive on any day of the week. Traffic officials say, however, that they will encourage drivers to avoid using their cars one day every week.
Government vehicles will, however, be forced off the roads once a week, following a rotating system based on the last number on their license plates.
The odd-even restrictions prevented over one million of Beijing’s 3.3 million cars from hitting the roads each day during the Olympics. The consequent improvements in air quality and traffic flows meant the measure attracted significant support from the public.
A recent survey of 844 Beijing residents carried out by Capital View Research showed 55.6% were in favor of making the curbs permanent.
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