BEIJING, Oct. 18 (UPI) -- The government of Beijing said it plans on instituting a traffic program to reduce air pollution, should the city issue a red alert for air pollution.
The program, which was approved Wednesday at the meeting of the Standing Committee of the Beijing Municipal Committee of the Communist Party of China, consists of alternate driving days for cars with even- and odd-numbered license plates, China's state-run Xinhua News Agency reported Thursday.
Authorities expect that 21,000 to 25,000 people will rely on the capital's public transport system due to the alternate driving schedule and said subway operation time will be extended by half an hour in the evening
Additionally 30 percent of government cars will be taken off the road once the red alert is issued. Kindergartens, and primary and high schools will also be suspended until air pollution decreases.
Beijing will adopt a four-tier air colored pollution alert system, with the red alert being the highest level, the city's Heavy Air Pollution Emergency Response Program. A red alert indicates serious air pollution -- air with an Air Quality Index higher than 300 -- for three consecutive days.