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ėJust take their keys!î

Ted Balaker
October 10, 2006, 6:45pm

There are probably quite a few enviros and transit-backers who wish we'd stop asking people to drive less, stop talking about tinkering with the gas tax, and just yank keys away from drivers. Mexico City tried that, sort of. In 1989 officials introduced a program that bans all vehicles from driving one workday per week based on the last digit of the vehicle's license plate. Certainly that kind of "get tough" policy would cut emissions and boost transit ridership ... Or maybe not. Matthew Kahn points to a study by University of Michigan's Lucas W. Davis: The Effect of Driving Restrictions on Air Quality in Mexico City. From the abstract: More here. Related: More unintended consequences here

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