Environment & Energy Report

South Korea to Restrict High-Polluting Cars on Bad Air Days

Oct. 8, 2019, 9:02 PM

South Korean cities will ban the dirtiest cars and trucks from roads on high-pollution days in an effort to clean up the nation’s hazardous air.

The Ministry of Environment announced that all 17 regional governments across the country agreed to restrict Grade 5 emission vehicles—those with the worst rankings for tailpipe emissions—from being driven on days with especially high concentrations of fine particulate matter.

There are 2.47 million Grade 5 emission vehicles in South Korea—most of them diesel vehicles—making up 10.6 percent of all registered cars, the ministry said....

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