Low emission zones
An important measure which (due to current legislation) has not yet been used in the Czech Republic is the creation of low-emission zones with restrictions on ICE (internal combustion engine) vehicles. In order to introduce such a zone, it is essential to provide alternative means of transport and access. The first step towards such a zone will be a study (launched this year).
SmogAlarm is a smartphone app which quickly and simply informs users of the current air quality situation, enabling them to plan their activities (limiting physical activity or time spent outdoors). The app was developed by the NGO ‘Clean Skies’ with funding from the City of Ostrava. SmogAlarm also provides air pollution data in a user-friendly format, enabling users to compare trends or locations. SmogAlarm was launched in November 2011, and since then around 50 000 people have downloaded it.