Previously, newer or cleaner cars were exempt from the driving ban
FILE - In this March 30, 2016, file photo, cars sit in evening rush hour traffic in Mexico City. Under rules that took effect Tuesday, April 5, 2016, and with the city heading into a second day of a pollution alert, authorities ordered 40 percent of cars to stay home Wednesday. The ban covers over 2 million cars in the metropolitan area, which has about 20 million residents. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell, File), photo: AP/Rebecca Blackwell, File
06 of April 2016 07:38:01
MEXICO CITY — Mexico City authorities doubled the number of cars that must stay off the streets Wednesday as the city headed into a second day of a pollution alert decreed because smog is at 1½ times acceptable limits.The ban applies to 40 percent of cars in the metropolitan area, or over 2 million cars for the region, which has about 20 million residents.On Wednesday, April 6, as long as the Phase 1 Contingency remains in effect, vehicles with red or blue stickers and plates ending in 3, 4, 9 or 0 may not circulate. Also, cement, pharmaceutical, chemical, hydrocarbon and electricity industries must reduce emissions of pollutants by between 30 and 40 percent.The city is offering some free bus services and taxi discounts to ease the inconvenience.Under new rules that began Tuesday and will be in effect through June, generally one-fifth of the cars are idled every day, but the percentage doubles when pollution is 1½ times limits.Previously, newer or cleaner cars were exempt from the driving ban.The final digit of a car's license plate numbers determines when it can't be used.