Measure to Restrict Vehicles on Roads on Days with Poor Air Quality
Beijing is planning to restrict the number of vehicles on roads especially on days with poor air quality based on new regulations. The proposal will tackle pollution as air quality in Beijing has reached dangerous levels once again.
Last Friday night smog has again started to cover the city with readings of PM2.5 per 300 and 400 micrograms per cubic meter of air which is considered as level VI based on Beijing Municipal Environmental Monitoring Center. Such tiny particles are considered the most harmful as they travel deep into the respiratory tract and eventually reaches the lung. Long exposure to these will lead to respiratory ailments and other health problems.
Air quality is considered good when reading are 50 and below, but is considered hazardous when readings are from 301 to 500. Usually the Beijing weather forecast bureau issues yellow alerts for fog and haze during these times. As of Friday visibility in the southern region of the city was less than 500 meters. Residents especially seniors and young children are told to stay indoors.
Based on a draft released by the municipal government which covers the Beijing Municipal Air Pollution Control regulation states that a number of vehicles will not be allowed, on roads during heavy air pollution in order to protect the citizen’s health. The draft covers emergency preparation, alerts, forecasts ad a response system for heavy air pollution.