Friday, March 11, 2011

Sao Paolo Traffic Rules

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People in Sao Paolo love to talk and complain about the traffic.

In a city of 20 million, you can imagine that it gets pretty crazy.

They have an interesting system for managing traffic flow. At least I had never heard of it before.

Depending on the day of the week, certain cars are prohibited from driving on the roads between 7am-10am and 5pm-8pm.

And, it is according to the final digit of your license plate number.

Day of Week Final Digit of License Plate Who are Prohibited during Rush Hour
Monday 0, 1
Tuesday 2, 3
Wednesday 4, 5
Thursday 6, 7
Friday 8,9

As you might imagine, this creates additional challenges, opportunities, and novel solutions.

People have to either leave work early..or stay late.

If you have two cars (some buy two), you have to think strategically about which person needs to go where on which day and at what time.

Just interesting.

Motorcycles (of which there are many…and 2 deaths EVERY DAY-I’m told) are always permitted.

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