In an attempt to reduce smog in the world’s most polluted city, Delhi began restricting driving on the New Year with odd/even license plate restrictions through January 15. Residents made do by using other forms of transportation, by cheating, and by gaming the system.
Those with vehicle registration plates ending in an even number may drive on even-number days, while those with odd number license tags may drive on odd-numbered days.
Although many highly ranked public servants are exempted from the driving restrictions, several officials made a point of riding their bicycles to the office on the first full workday of 2016. In spite of their good example, many people allegedly bought fake license plates to sidestep the bans. Wealthier people bought a second car with alternate numbers. Yay for prosperity!
According to the World Health Organization, Delhi has the worst air on the planet, with particulate matter pollution exceeding even that of Beijing. The winter months are especially bad as people use warm their homes with wood stoves.