Smog-Induced Driving Restrictions?

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Smog-Induced Driving Restrictions?

Postby Sons of Thunder » Mon May 30, 2011 12:48 am

So today I got a call from my cuña letting me know that there was a driving ban in effect for all cars with license plates ending in 1 and 2. It was due to high levels of smog, she said. In your experience does this happen quite often? I appreciated her letting me know but generally I like to be prepared and self-sufficient as much as possible, including being informed on matters such as these. How would I be able to know about such driving restrictions the next time around? So far my driving experience in Chile has been Carabinero-free, and I'd certainly like to keep it that way!

BTW, what is the penalty for driving during such a ban? Not that I'd purposely violate it, but what if I did so unintentionally? Would the carabinero just direct me to go straight home or is there a stiff multa?


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Re: Smog-Induced Driving Restrictions?

Postby FrankPintor » Mon May 30, 2011 1:12 am

Or also here: http://www.emol.com/guia_servicios

About multas I don't know. Rich Santiaguinos just get a second car... :wink:
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Re: Smog-Induced Driving Restrictions?

Postby PenquistaDeCorazon » Mon May 30, 2011 1:29 am

And as you may have surmised, the onus is on you to know the schedule.

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Re: Smog-Induced Driving Restrictions?

Postby Tombi » Mon May 30, 2011 12:33 pm

The smog is horrible at the moment. No rain in April, bush fires and the usual suspects contributing.

This is the official site to check restrictions and traffic conditions in Stgo - www.uoct.cl

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Re: Smog-Induced Driving Restrictions?

Postby gringalais » Mon May 30, 2011 2:24 pm

Fortunately my husband noticed that in the paper yesterday morning. Our license plate number ends in 1 so we were subject to the restriction and we were planning to use the car to go grocery shopping.

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Re: Smog-Induced Driving Restrictions?

Postby gringalais » Mon May 30, 2011 2:39 pm

patagoniax wrote:
gringalais wrote:Fortunately my husband noticed that in the paper yesterday morning. Our license plate number ends in 1 so we were subject to the restriction and we were planning to use the car to go grocery shopping.


Does your vehicle have a "sello verde"?


Yes, but the paper said the restriction for 1 and 2 plates appliec to cars with catalytic convertors.

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Re: Smog-Induced Driving Restrictions?

Postby Tombi » Mon May 30, 2011 6:24 pm

Tombi wrote:The smog is horrible at the moment


Did I say "horrible"? There is really not enough swear words to adequately convey how absolutely shiteous it is today in Santiago. There, I said it. Santiago is a shit hole. Why anyone would choose to live here is beyond me. Morons. (Saved you the trouble uncle PatX :) )

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Re: Smog-Induced Driving Restrictions?

Postby trabajo en progreso » Mon May 30, 2011 8:36 pm

Tombi isn't this where you would normally respond to a comment like yours with FFS? :lol:

But I agree the air is shite today. I almost feel like I could get a knife and cut me some.
We are marginally above it geographically and I have managed to avoid using my puffer today but I know that in the next 30mins or so I will have to.
I know that driving along Constanera Norte in the last 3 weeks or so gives me a coughing fit :(

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Re: Smog-Induced Driving Restrictions?

Postby go play outside » Mon May 30, 2011 9:22 pm

The govt is talking about redefining the terminology to be less misleading. Pre-emergency, for example, is off the scale in terms of what Europe would do to manage it.

People in Santiago seem to be very accepting of the status quo. It kills people, gives kids respiratory illnesses, lifetime conditions. Seriously.

WHO limits for SAFETY, not unpleasantness, are:

PM2.5 (the small, long term illness nasty staff)
10 μg/m3 annual mean
25 μg/m3 24-hour mean

PM10 (the dusty stuff)
20 μg/m3 annual mean
50 μg/m3 24-hour mean

Santiago PM10 is 71 anual mean. 3.5 time the unhealthy limit. Recent days have seen over 300. Six times beyond safe limit, worse than Shanghai. Even the "good" air in Las Condes is normally ABOVE SAFE LIMITS.

Interesting, no?

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Re: Smog-Induced Driving Restrictions?

Postby Catt » Mon May 30, 2011 9:31 pm

Another article on smog in Santiago: http://www.ilovechile.cl/2011/05/23/has ... iago/21911
they also publish the alerts in the daily news online.

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Re: Smog-Induced Driving Restrictions?

Postby Tombi » Tue May 31, 2011 9:43 am

Tombi isn't this where you would normally respond to a comment like yours with FFS? :lol:
Yep :lol:


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