The Elevated Second Ring Road officially opened to vehicular traffic at 10 a.m. today.
The highly anticipated event did not come without warning, however; traffic police reminded drivers that the following are not permitted on the Elevated Second Ring Road: riding motorbikes, making U-turns, driving in reverse, driving against the direction of traffic, stopping, parking, speeding, and any other actions that obstruct the flow of traffic. Such actions would be punishable by law.
Pedestrians, non-motorized vehicles, two- and three-wheeled vehicles, trucks, large and medium-sized passenger buses, vehicles carrying hazardous materials, and vehicles measuring over 3 meters in height are also forbidden from being on the Elevated Second Ring Road.
As before, traffic is restricted by the day, according to vehicle license-plate numbers.
A special Elevated Second Ring Road traffic police force has been compiled, comprising 50 traffic police officers and 40 traffic guards circulating the bottom layer of the Second Ring Road. In the case of an accident, police are expected to arrive on the scene within 5 minutes during the daytime and within 10 minutes at night.
Police carried out drills yesterday to practice what to do in case of an accident, particularly between cars and the BRT vehicles.
Those without cars or the inclination to take a taxi joy ride around the ring will have to wait until Friday for their chance, when the BRT system opens to the public. Some city residents hopped on board the BRT for test rides on Sunday.
The sky bridges, however, are open for pedestrian traffic.
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