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    Construction vehicles and machines that emit heavy pollution will be banned within Shanghai’s Outer Ring Road, the Bureau of Ecology and Environment announced yesterday.

    According to the bureau, about 100,000 vehicles and machines operate in areas such as ports, factories and construction sites. From October 1, construction vehicles and machines that fail to meet the National I emission standard — mostly those built before October 2009 — will be banned within the Outer Ring Road.

    The bureau started registration of construction vehicles and machines this month, and licenses will be given to those that meet emission standards. Operators of vehicles and machines without licenses from October will be fined 1,000 yuan (US$145).

    From October 2020, the ban will be applied to the whole city.

    According to the bureau, the average density of Shanghai’s major air pollutant, PM2.5, was 36 micrograms per cubic meter in 2018 — a 7.7 percent drop from the previous year, but still above the national standard of 35 micrograms per cubic meter.

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