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Beijing to implement odd-even car ban during APEC

( Updated: 2014-10-09 16:57

Beijing will implement the odd-even car ban during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit scheduled to be held from Nov 3-12, said Beijing Municipal Commission of Transport.

The regulation means alternate driving days for cars with even- and odd- numbered license plates, a move expected to ease traffic with a 35 percent drop projected in the number of private vehicles on the roads.

It is estimated that three million trips will be undertaken every day on public transport once the rules come into place.

Beijing had previously implemented the odd-even regulation during the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008.

Beijing issued an emergency response program for traffic restriction in 2013, which stipulates that whenever the city issues a red alert for air pollution an alternate-day driving system will be initiated to reduce pollution.

China's other cities, such as Lanzhou and Jinan, also operated the odd-even car ban for a short period.

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