Beijing stops cars in air pollution test

Beijing on Friday began a four-day test scheme to take over a million vehicles off the city's roads, as a leading health expert warned some spectators attending next year's Olympic Games may face serious health risks.
During Beijing’s four-day experiment in reducing air pollution, cars with registration plates ending in odd and even numbers will each be banned from the roads for two days.
Any driver caught contravening the restrictions will be fined 100 yuan (US$13) by 6,500 police officers.
The BBC reported Dr Michal Krzyzanowski of the World Health Organisation as saying on Friday that those with a history of cardiovascular problems should take particular care. He also said the city’s poor air quality could trigger asthma attacks.

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