June 27, 2019

High-emission vehicles to be restricted from downtown Seoul

PUBLISHED : April 15, 2019 - 20:33

UPDATED : April 15, 2019 - 20:33

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High-emission vehicles will be restricted from the center of Seoul beginning in July this year, as part of the municipal government’s new policy measures to reduce fine dust pollution in the capital, it was announced on April 15.

Grade 5 emission vehicles, mostly diesel cars, will be barred from entering Seoul’s Green Transport Promotion Zone, a 16.7-square-kilometer downtown area designated within the Joseon Dynasty fortress walls, the government said.

After a five-month grace period, violators will be fined 250,000 won ($220), beginning Dec. 1.

The stringent driving restrictions will be applied to the 2.45 million vehicles that are classified by the Ministry of Environment as grade 5 emission cars out f the 23 million vehicles registered in the nation.

Municipal officials said grade 5 emission vehicles will likely be banned from entering the green promotion zone from 6 a.m. to 7 or 9 p.m. in consideration of logistics movement and other factors.

At present, about 20,000 to 30,000 grade 5 emission cars are estimated to pass through the zone a day.

All owners of grade 5 emission cars will be individually notified of the Seoul government‘s new driving restrictions by mail.

The latest policy measures came after the average concentration of harmful ultrafine particles in the air of Seoul reached the highest level last month since record-keeping began in 2015.

The government of Seoul also said it will cooperate with private businesses to gradually replace about 100,000 delivery motorcycles with eco-friendly electric motorcycles by 2025.

Diesel-powered delivery motorcycles are known to emit at least six times more air pollutants than small passenger cars.

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