Seoul is gearing up to make your travel more greener. Seoul Metropolitan Government said on Tuesday that the city will introduce a new kind of tax – the toxicity tax. The Traffic volume will be reduced by 30 percent by 2030, by restricting number of road lanes to a maximum of four. This means that traffic volume in central Seoul – which includes the famous shopping district of Myeongdong and picturesque Gyeongbokgung palace will all be reduced to a certain amount.
The goal is to reduce the area’s greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent, from the current 943,000 tonnes to 566,000 tonnes, by 2030. At the same time, the government has decided to make a goal to double the city’s bike lanes, as well as more pedestrian-friendly roads by 2030.
Starting next year, the city also plans to run the designated central Seoul area as a Low Emissions Zone, where diesel vehicles with higher greenhouse emissions will be regulated.