The government of Santiago de Chile decreed this Thursday the second environmental pre-emergency of the year, after last June 8, due to the high levels of pollution that affect the city, of almost seven million inhabitants, official sources reported.
The measure includes the restriction of driving for 20 percent of vehicles with a catalytic converter (green seal) whose license plates end in 2 or 3 and for 60% of those without this device, whose license plates end in 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 or 8, according to an official statement.
The restriction runs from 07:30 a.m. (11:30 a.m. GMT) to 9:00 p.m. (01:00 GMT on Friday) in Santiago and in the neighboring municipalities of San Bernardo and Puente Alto and involves a total of about 260,000 motorized vehicles out of circulation.
The measure also includes the stoppage, at the same time, of a total of 1,215 fixed sources of pollution, mostly industries, and the use of firewood and agricultural burning are prohibited.
The environmental pre-emergency also includes recommendations to restrict physical education classes in schools and outdoor sports activities.
Santiago is considered one of the most polluted cities in Latin America, and has been registering constant episodes of environmental alerts for more than 20 years.