Odd-even rule comes into effect today

Kathmandu, August 28

The decision of the Metropolitan Traffic Police Division to implement the odd-even rule, which allows vehicles with odd and even registration numbers to ply in Kathmandu valley on alternate days targeting the fourth Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation summit, scheduled to be held on August 30 and 31, will come into effect from tomorrow.

In a bid to ensure smooth mobility of dignitaries participating in the BIMSTEC summit, MTPD is implementing the odd-even rule for vehicles in the valley for three days. Under this rule, vehicles with number plates ending in odd numbers (1,3,5,7 and 9) will be allowed to ply the roads on August 29 and 31, while those ending in even numbers (0,2,4,6 and 8) will be permitted to ply the roads on August 30.

However, emergency vehicles — ambulances and those belonging to media houses, security agencies and hospitals — will be exempt from the odd-even rule. Mediapersons will have to show their press card issued by the Department of Information Technology, according to MTPD.

Similarly, those on their way to airport on the respective dates will be exempted from the rule, provided they show their air-tickets. As per available statistics, over 1.1 million vehicles, including seven lakh two-wheelers, ply the valley roads daily.