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Downtown bans dirty vehicles

HEAVILY polluting vehicles will be banned from running on the Middle Ring Road and inside it starting from tomorrow in a move to cut downtown vehicle exhaust and create a better air quality for the 2010 Shanghai World Expo, the Shanghai Environmental Protection Bureau and local traffic police announced yesterday.

The ban includes such vehicles travelling on the Yan'an, North-South and Humin elevated roads.

Vehicles from other provinces are not covered by the ban if they are staying in the city seven days or less.

Violators will be fined 200 yuan (US$29) and lose two points off their licence. Drivers who accumulate 12 points have their license suspended.

Highly polluting vehicles are defined by the bureau as those that do not meet National Emission Standards I, the lowest in China's emission standard system.

Currently, those vehicles are banned within the Inner Ring Road area from 7am to 8pm.

Since the city started the Inner Ring Road ban in 2006, there has been a big drop of vehicle exhaust in the area. Pollution levels outside the Inner Ring Road remain the same and have increased in some areas.

Traffic police said they have finished erecting ban signs on relevant roads.

"Policemen will warn violators on the first seven days after the new ban takes effects," said Yu Dalei, an official from local traffic police.

"Penalties will be enforced from the eighth day," Yu said.

There are about 200,000 vehicles that do not meet the nation's lowest emissions standards in the city, accounting for 14 percent of local vehicles but generate 50 percent of all vehicular emissions, environmental protection officials said.


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