Does this seem like a huge problem to anyone else? When you need to ban cars to ease pollution back down to manageable levels, maybe you're doing something wrong in the first place.
The four-day test poses a challenge for the Chinese government's relationship with a rising middle class that has fallen in love with private car ownership. Although upwardly mobile Beijing drivers mostly went along with the plan, it wasn't without grumbling.
"We just got used to driving and suddenly we're not allowed?" said Zhang Jie, a stock trader who bought her first car — a Chinese-made Chery QQ subcompact — last year.
"It's not good to forbid so many people from driving," said Zhang, who planned to take a taxi to work. "I feel like the government should be able to come up with a better plan than this."
The ban uses an odd-even license plate number system. Only vehicles with license plates ending in odd numbers were allowed on the roads Friday.