Tabriz Launches Odd-Even Traffic Scheme

Tabriz Launches Odd-Even Traffic Scheme Tabriz Launches Odd-Even Traffic Scheme

A plan modeled after Tehran's "odd-even" scheme has been launched by the municipality of Tabriz, the capital city of East Azarbaijan Province, to curb traffic congestion.
“The scheme, which became operational on Saturday, is aimed at easing traffic congestion and curbing air pollution in the central parts of Tabriz,” Asghar Adibeyg, managing director of the municipality’s Transportation and Traffic Organization, told YJC.
Adibeyg stressed that imposing odd-even limits in Tabriz is necessary and can help tackle road traffic challenges. 
"The scheme is expected to prepare the ground for launching other traffic control plans in future," he added.
As per the odd-even rule, cars will be allowed to enter a designated “restricted zone” on alternate days, depending on the odd and even numbers of the license plate. The rules are valid between 10:30 a.m. to 14:00 p.m. and from 17:00 p.m. to 19:30 p.m. every day, except holidays.
"The rules do not apply to public transport fleet, so the time limits only apply to private vehicles," he added.
While the city's municipal officials emphasize the necessity of making use of other cities’ experiences in this regard, the scheme has been recently abandoned by urban managers of Tehran for its poor performance.
After 14 years of implementing the scheme, experts declared that it has major deficiencies and minor success.
Saturday was earmarked for cars with the last even digit and Friday, being the weekend holiday, was free for all cars.
According to experts, the old scheme failed to deliver in Tehran, so it was replaced with another plan with different regulations, the efficiency of which has not been assessed yet. 

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