To clean up the smog and gridlock before the Olympic Games, Beijing officials embarked on a trial run of a system of odd-even license plates. Because today is the 17th, only vehicles with license plates ending in odd numbers can be on the roads. When the four-day trial ends, all cars will be back.
RENEE MONTAGNE, host:
Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne.
China is doing all it can to look good during next summer's Olympics. So to clean up the smog and gridlock Beijing is famous for, officials embarked on a trial run of a system of odd-even license plates. Since today is the 17th, that means that only vehicles with license plates ending in odd numbers are allowed on the roads. But it's only a four-day trial, so those hundreds of thousands of cars will be back for rush hour next week.
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