Alternate driving in Brussels during smog alerts
Motor club Touring says that the measure is "complicated and unrealistic" and talks of putting "band aids on a wooden leg".
2 December 2008
In Brussels from New Year's Day the smog problem will be tackled by only allowing half of the cars to drive in the capital. The Brussels government has decided to implement alternate driving.
This means that only cars with license plates ending in even numbers will be allowed to circulate on certain days, while cars with license plates ending in odd numbers will be allowed on the other days. Motor club Touring says that the measure is "complicated and unrealistic" and talks of putting "band aids on a wooden leg".
Alternate driving exists in cities such as London and Rome. In just over a month it will also exist in Brussels.
If the level for fine particles or nitrogen dioxide exceeds alarm level 2, the authorities will implement alternate driving. One day cars with license plates ending in an even number may drive, the next day those ending in an odd number.
Lorry traffic in Brussels would be totally banned during rush hour. Medical/emergency vehicles and taxis are exempt from the measure.
Smog alert level 2 does not happen very often - not even every year. On the days that alternate driving is implemented public transportation will be free of charge.