Delhi’s pollution has reached up to an alarming stage, something that needs an immediate and effective solution. The Kejriwal government plans to implement the odd even car number policy through which people will be able to run their cars on consecutive days only. While all of this must have entailed a series of debates, let us just tell you that this policy is not something new but has been implemented in many a cities across the world. Let us see which of these cities have already implemented what Delhi is purporting to curb its rising levels of pollution.
Before the 2008 summer Olympics, Beijing implemented a temporary road space rationing that entailed the imposition of restrictions on private vehicles by allowing even and odd license plates to drive on alternate days. People who did not follow the rules were fined a whooping amount of 200 yuan. Believe it or not, the policy resulted in a reduction of pollution to such an extent that today China has decided to implement it throughout the country rather than just restricting to Beijing only.
Bogota, the Columbian capital also implemented the similar policy that charged people with 15% of their daily minimum wages for not following the rule. This policy might not have been of much impact, but then it has to be attributed to their co-policy of not letting to drive the cars during peak hours.
Called as the Hoy No Circula in Mexico, the idea of running the cars on particular days depending on the number on their license plates was introduced as early as 1989. Violators were asked to pay anywhere between $23 to $69. For example Sundays, number plates ending with three and four were banned, Mondays five six, Tuesdays seven eight, so on and so forth.
Paris also implemented the similar policy in 2014. Cars with even number plates were banned from entering the city between 5:30 am until midnight. This is one of those cities in the world where such policy has received good reviews and statistical dats to support the change.
This is way to back in history. Julius Caesar also effectively implemented this policy in 45 B.C, Caesar after noticing the congestion problems carriages and carts pulled by horses. Under this rule, the centre of Rome was declared off-limits from 6 in the morning till 4 in the evening. This applied to all vehicles except the ones that were carrying priests, officials, visitors, and high ranking citizens.
Only the implementation of this policy will unravel the effects entailed. Let us hope Kejriwal can give a better picture to Delhi and its current pollution scene. There will be a number of anomalies or questions even prior to its imposition. However, remember that only experimentation can lead to effective measures and results.