By THE PULSE NEWS MEXICO STAFF
Due to extremely high pollution rates in the city, Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum announced late Tuesday, March 29, that the capital’s Day-without-a-Car (hoy no circula) program will apply to more cars on Wednesday, March 30, including some with 0 and 00 holograms, with additional restrictions to help improve air quality.
The special emergency Phase 1 of the Environmental Ozone Contingency in the Metropolitan Area of the Valley of Mexico was activated by the Environmental Commission of the Megalopolis (CAMe) on Tuesday at 4 p.m. because maximum ozone concentrations of 162 parts per billon (ppb) and 156 ppb were recorded in the capital’s Santa Fe and Merced monitoring stations, respectively.
Under the Phase 1 regulations, all private vehicles with verification holograms 0 and 00 and license plates ending with 3 or 4 will be forbidden to circulate in the greater metropolitan area between 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.
All other cars with 0 or 00 verifications will be allowed to circulate normally, as will hybrid and electric cars.
But all vehicles with 1 or 2 verification stickers and license plates ending with an even number digit (0, 2, 4, 6 or 8) cannot circulate between 5 a.m. and 10 p.m. Wednesday.
Also, all vehicles with out-of-state or foreigner plates that do not have a 0 or 00 hologram cannot circulate during those hours.