Tehran new road traffic scheme is set to take effect early in the new Iranian year (to start March 21), despite ambiguities.
Tehran Mayor Mohammad Ali Najafi has prepared a new traffic scheme as the forced program that aims to address Tehran's chronic road congestions and heavy smog.
The scheme, to come into force on April 4, has been criticized by several groups, including Mohammad Reza Mehmandar, Tehran's traffic police chief.
Abolfazl Qana'ati, a former city councilor, also noted that the infrastructure for smart monitoring of cars has not been developed in Tehran and the scheme might face with some issues.
This is while Mohsen Pourseyyed-Aqaei, deputy for transport and traffic at the municipality, replied all infrastructures for the scheme have been prepared.
In spite of all expressions of disapproval, Tehran Municipality continue to support it, maintaining that the scheme has been executed in Singapore, Stockholm, Milan, London and Oslo, and yielded favorable results.
The new scheme aims to abolish the issuance of free or discounted entry permits to institutes located in the restricted zones and charge all vehicles equally based on several factors, including the time of commuting and the cars' pollution standards.
In the new scheme, the current restricted zone is to be renamed as the "Green Zone" and the area where cars are allowed on alternate days based on their odd-even plate numbers is to be called the "Blue Zone". Other areas will be referred to as "White Zone".