Vari­a­tion on an old theme

Malta Independent - - LETTERS -

How about a vari­a­tion on the old, even- and odd-num­bered reg­is­tra­tion-plates theme?

This will re­quire con­stant help from the me­dia, which could prove quite a sen­si­ble filler to some inane Break­fast Show.

In close col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Po­lice, they will up­date com­muters on the traf­fic al­lowed on the road:

Cut-off time: 5.30am. Un­til then the sys­tem will not have started.

From 5.30 to 6.30am (of the same day, of course) only the evens. From 6.30 to 7.30am the odds. From 7.30 to 8am (again) the evens.

From 8 to 8.30am (again) the odds.

From 8.30am on­wards the evens and the odds.

What about those hav­ing per­son­al­ized num­ber plates with not one sin­gle digit in sight? There might be a way.

Ex­empt: buses, am­bu­lances, emer­gency ser­vices, po­lice, cars car­ry­ing more than three pas­sen­gers like school vans, and mo­tor bikes.

The time brack­ets should al­ter­nate on suc­ces­sive days. If the evens take the first time slot one day, the odds take the next day.

The pres­ence of so many cops at these times should prove a de­ter­rent against abuse.

Of course, one will have to fine tune, fine tune and fine tune even more.

Should it be an ut­ter fail­ure, will we be los­ing more than we are now?

Joe Gen­ovese Birkirkara

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