As many as 60,000 old diesel-powered vehicles that have been partly blamed for increasing fine dust in metropolitan areas would be forced out of the streets of Seoul this year.
The Ministry of Environment on Monday announced that about 60,000 aged diesel vehicles will be retired in Seoul this year as part of its plan to curb fine dust. Last year, 48,000 units were banned from running on the street. Other 17 cities including Incheon and metropolitan areas in Gyeonggi Province will follow suit of Seoul next year.
The country has been putting in its utmost efforts to fight against the increasing fine dust concentration that has worsened the nation’s air pollution.
The ministry also announced a plan to incorporate artificial intelligence (A.I.) technology to a weather forecasting system starting April this year to improve forecasting accuracy and increase the number of air monitoring information stations that check ultrafine dust or particulate matter 2.5 - particles 2.5 micrometers or less in diameter that has become a colossal threat to public health - to 287 this year from 191 last year.
It will also apply other emergency measures including limiting the number of vehicles on the road per day, banning construction works and adjusting the operation rate of public works. Stricter rules will be applied to new coal-fired power plants to control air pollutants.
To encourage the adoption of electric vehicles (EVs), the government will expand subsidies and increase the number of charging stations from 750 last year to 2,610 this year. The government aims to up the cumulative number of EVs running on the road in the country from 11,767 units to 26,000 units.
By Seo Dong-cheol
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