BEIJING BATTLES SMOG


Thousands of new cars hit Beijing's streets every day [GALLO/GETTY]


Authorities in Beijing have reinstated some of the traffic rules that were used during the Olympic games to clean up the city's air pollution and ease the Chinese capital's chronic road congestion.

Starting from Wednesday, officials said 30 per cent of government vehicles would be taken off Beijing's streets.

Later this month, all cars will be banned from roads one weekday per week, depending on the final number on their registration plates.

Government vehicles are said to account for about 10 per cent of the city's more than three million cars and vans.

Tough restrictions on car usage during the August Olympics helped dramatically improve Beijing's air quality, taking pollution levels down to their lowest level in 10 years.

The measures had limited private motorists to driving on alternate days, removing more than a million of the city's 3.3 million vehicles from the streets each day. . . NOTE:NEWS ITEM COURTESY AL JAZEERA . .OCT-1-08.

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