Restrict vehicle movement

Simple aid to help manage Social distancing by controlling volume of traffic on the road. Bogotá in Colombia operate a traffic control scheme called “Pico y Placa” that constrains what cars can travel on the road each day by their number plate. Eg on Mondays only vehicles with their last digit on their number plate to be 1 or 2 can travel on the road, on Tuesday it’s 3 or 4 etc. It was designed to manage traffic congestion and did so successfully.

Why the contribution is important

It would reduce people making journeys on any particular day thereby mitigating the number of people in contact with one another.

by daveloslynch on May 06, 2020 at 10:41AM

Current Rating

Average rating: 2.0
Based on: 26 votes


  • Posted by Lornab May 06, 2020 at 11:28

    People drive particular routes for a reason - to go to work, to care for a dependant vulnerable person - this is not workable
  • Posted by Chicken May 06, 2020 at 11:31

    Checkpoints on roads. Makes people really think about whether journeys are essential or not. I believe Eire has these in place. Don't see why we should enforce Regional checkpoints throughout Scotland.
    With regards to Eire it makes me wonder about the backstop issue being negated in terms of Brexit, but nonetheless i do think checkpoint of Scotland's roads, maybe even moving their positions frequently, would assist keeping journeys essential only.
  • Posted by d_cuillin May 06, 2020 at 11:43

    This is a very practical idea and Useful to learn from other places with practical experiences of implementing these kind of measures.
  • Posted by HTML May 06, 2020 at 11:49

    That was implemented in China some time ago...the work around is for people to buy 2 cars - if they can afford it. But i agree with reducing unnecessary traffic. Something like if you need to travel on a daily basis to go to work or take care of someone then register you details online. Camera's can monitor the car registration plate and if you go out multiple times then you have to explain where you are going- although there will always be a loophole somewhere
  • Posted by jo37scot May 06, 2020 at 11:53

    Not very practical in reality I fear.
  • Posted by Heav May 06, 2020 at 12:03

    This wouldn't be any use for those who are going to work.
  • Posted by GeoffDuke May 06, 2020 at 12:10

    People should be allowed to use their car to travel in pursuit of their normal hobbies within the framework of social distancing and daily exercise. For those that are able to, they should be allowed to escape the city and travel to areas where they would normally visit in their household groups. Trips where an overnight stay is required should still be discouraged.
  • Posted by StepRam May 06, 2020 at 12:10

    agreed and lets use this time to promote active travel.
  • Posted by lmg1612 May 06, 2020 at 12:21

    Do we live in a Big Brother society? Surely safer to travel to work or shopping in your own vehicle than public transport. Which is never particularly clean anyway. Imagine driving to flee domestic or other abuse??
  • Posted by MaighstirTodt May 06, 2020 at 12:31

    This is a sensible idea as long as there are exemptions for essential workers. Given the number of cars I see on the roads I can only assume many of the people driving them are not.
  • Posted by Stephenaitken123 May 06, 2020 at 12:35

    Impractical and disproportionate
  • Posted by activeandvibrant May 10, 2020 at 18:03

    Not practical in any way.
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