Dirty Diesel Cars Banned from Roads as Smog Thickens

  • By Kim Hyo-in, Lee Beul-chan

    November 07, 2018 09:44

    The government on Tuesday took this season's first emergency measure on Tuesday to reduce smog in the Seoul metropolitan area.

    Superannuated diesel cars are banned from downtown Seoul from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, and 456 public parking lots will be closed.

    The government will extend the measure at 5 p.m. on Wednesday unless fine dust concentration in the air goes down.

    A woman wears a mask as smog blankets Seoul on Tuesday.

    Municipalities normally take such a measure when the average ultrafine particle concentration exceeds 50㎍/㎥ and is expected to continue the next day.

    On Tuesday, ultrafine particle concentration exceeded the level in Seoul with 59㎍/㎥, Incheon with 70㎍/㎥ and Gyeonggi Province with 71㎍/㎥.

    The National Institute of Environmental Research said thick smog on Tuesday was mainly due to pollutants blown over from overseas that added to the pollutants accumulated here due to the stagnant air over the Korean Peninsula.

    Rain is expected on Wednesday, but the amount is unlikely to be high enough to clear the air, it added.

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