During and before this summer's Olympic games, a significant amount of attention was given to the air quality that the world's top athletes would be breathing in Beijing. As was widely reported, the city's air was highly contaminated due to an abundance of people, manufacturing plants and automobiles. As you are likely aware, the city limited the number of cars
that could be on its roads before and during the games and is set to continue the practice now that attention has turned away. The largest improvement is expected to come from limiting the number of new car sales in the city. Only 100,000 new license plates will be granted annually, which will have the undesirable effect of running half the city's auto dealerships out of business. To help counter the expected problem, mass transit and bus routes will be upgraded.
As another measure
, the city will take 30-percent of cars owned by its own government off the road as well, sealing them up "for safekeeping." What's more, the city vehicles that are left will be banned from the roads one out of every five days. Emergency and police vehicles won't be included in that ban. These measures should help the city keep the clean air it fostered while the world was watching.