No Car Day

Yesterday was “No Car Day” in Bogotá, meaning that no four-wheeled personal vehicles could be driven in the city. This only left buses, taxis, motorcycles, bikes, and feet for the city’s 8 million or so people to get around in or on, but it sure made traffic run more smoothly.

I noticed that people with SUVs were apparently exempt from the personal-vehicle ban. It might have something to do with the loophole in Colombian law that if you put a toolbox in your “truck,” you can register it as a service vehicle (although I’m not entirely convinced that it wasn’t simply because SUV owners generally are not required to follow rules, regardless of their country of residence).

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