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Traffic Scheme Revised!

mackintosh_numbersStarting Nov. 10, the ongoing number traffic scheme will be revised.  Every month the days will be changed in order to give “equal” days off to car owners.  Some people are saying it will be difficult to keep track and it’s “ma fan” to private car owners.  Some people are suggesting that they should just use the odd-even scheme to ban government vehicles.

In any case, the new scheme will see vehicles with plate numbers ending with 5 and 0 off on Mondays, 1 and 6 on Tuesdays, 2 and 7 on Wednesdays, 3 and 8 on Thursdays, 4 and 9 on Fridays.  Penalty for offenders will remain at RMB 100 and those cars will be off the road from 6am to 9pm on said days.

Ever since they started this scheme last month, traffic had a slight improvement.  There are days wherein traffic is still bad but there are days wherein it’s smooth sailing.  Air quality is still not that great but there are more blue sky days now.  Let’s see what other surprises will they do in the future but you’ll be sure that they would implement it with an iron fist.

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New Traffic Scheme in Beijing

After two months of being pampered with clean air and less traffic, Beijing motorists were plagued with traffic jams on the first day off of the odd-even scheme during the Games.  Air quality deteriorated badly that government officials implemented a new traffic scheme starting yesterday.

I remember talking to my friend who has a car about the traffic scheme in Manila and how it would be good if it was implemented here before my European trip.  Lo and behold, they implemented it with some revisions.  It seems like they will be giving it a trial run till April 10 of next year.  The number traffic scheme would ban cars whose last digit on their car plates matches the number they’ve selected from 6 am to 9 pm on certain days.  Weekends are excluded on the traffic scheme.  They devised whose off as follow: 1 and 6 on Monday, 2 and 7 on Tuesday, 3 and 8 on Wednesday, 4 and 9 on Thursday , and 5 and 0 on Friday.

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