The city has prepared an emergency plan in case air pollution reaches a critical level again. Last January and February, the Czech Hydrometeorological Institute (CHMI) declared three critical smog situations.
The plan scraps the idea to public transport free or to ban non-residents from parking in blue-zones. Instead, they plan on banning vehicles with odd and even registrations numbers on alternating days and banning parked cars from keeping their engines running for more than one minute, except at junctions.
However, the plan is still awaiting approval from politicians despite central heating season having already come back around again.
Author: Jessica Kleyn