Seoul considers mandatory Odd|Even vehicle ban in face of air pollution crisis

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SEOUL – (Jan 22 The Korea Times) – The Seoul Metropolitan Government wants to make an Odd-Even vehicle use ban mandatory to counter worsening air pollution. Under the ban, vehicles with odd-number plates must not be driven on even-numbered dates and vice-versa.

The city implemented the ban three times last week as the capital was covered with Particulate Matter (PM) 2.5. But it failed to persuade many people to leave their cars at home _ fewer than 10 per cent of people did so. Vehicle emissions are one of the main sources of fine dust that produces PM 2.5.

Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon said he would push harder to revise a law to make the odd-even vehicle ban mandatory when the PM 2.5 concentration average is over 50 micrometres for more than two days, The Korea Times reported. Currently, the city can only issue non-binding recommendations with no penalty for people who fail to follow them.

“The access to clean air and clean water is a basic right,” Park said. “Concerns over PM 2.5 were particularly high among mothers with children. The city will seek all possible measures to allay such concerns.”

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