Brussels to make public transport free on high pollution days

Signal of change / Brussels to make public transport free on high pollution days

By Ella-Louise Micallef / 28 Feb 2018

Brussels will make its public transport and bike share system free on days with high levels of air pollution, in an attempt to improve air quality. After two consecutive days of high particulate matter levels, all buses, trams and metros will have to open their doors for free under the new rules. Speed limits for cars would also be reduced by about a third, and wood-burning stoves would be banned under the law.

So what?

This move could set a positive example for other cities that regularly breach their air pollution limits, and want to do more to encourage the use of public transport. However could further measures be put in place that would reduce air pollution throughout the year, rather than only implementing these rules once limits have been exceeded?

Sources

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/feb/26/brussels-to-make-public-transport-free-on-high-air-pollution-days

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