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Mexico

Pollution Alert in Mexico City on Eve of New Driving Rule

The city is offering some free bus services and taxi discounts

Mexico City skyline, photo: Notimex/Pedro Sánchez
1 year ago

Mexico City authorities have declared a pollution alert after smog rose to 1½ times acceptable limits on the eve of an unpopular new program to reduce the number of cars on the road in hopes of improving the capital’s dirty air.

60317118. México, 17 Mar 2016 (Notimex-Nicolás Tavira).- Debido a que no existen las condiciones atmosféricas adecuadas, la Fase 1 de Contingencia por Ozono en la Zona Metropolitana del Valle de México se mantiene, informó la Comisión Ambiental de la Megalópolis (Came). NOTIMEX/FOTO/NICOLÁS TAVIRA/NTA/WEA/EXTREMO/NALES/OZONO16/

Smog has reached 1.5 the acceptable limit. Photo: Notimex/Nicolás Tavira

A rule that will be in effect through June will keep one-fifth of the city’s cars at home every week day beginning Tuesday. Before the rule was decreed last week, newer or cleaner cars were exempt from a regulation that bans cars from driving based on their license plate number.

The city is offering some free bus services and taxi discounts.

Mexico City used to declare pollution alerts after smog reached 1.9 times acceptable limits, or soot reached 1.75. It now declares alerts at 1.5.

60317175. México, 17 Mar 2016 (Notimex-Isaías Hernández).- Dan por concluida la Fase I de Contingencia Ambiental que se aplica desde el lunes en la Zona Metropolitana del Valle de México, así lo dio a conocer el secretario de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales, Rafael Pacchiano. NOTIMEX/FOTO/ISAÍAS HERNÁNDEZ/IHH/WEA/CLIMA/NALES/EXTREMO/OZONO16/

Another pollution alert has made Mexico City’s authorities oversee the implementation of new measures for dealing with vehicle emissions. Photo: Notimex/Isaías Hernández

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