A temporary ban on truck traffic was also introduced. Air pollution levels in Tehran have significantly exceeded international limits in recent days.
Air pollution in recent days has been so bad that Tehran’s Milad Television Tower was difficult to see even from up close, witnesses said. Many in the capital complained of headaches, nausea, coughs and difficulty breathing.
In Iran, and especially in the metropolis of Tehran, where one million people live, air pollution has been a serious problem for many years. According to the Ministry of Health, thousands of people die every year as a result of poor environmental conditions. The city’s daycares and schools were repeatedly closed for several days.
The main cause of bad air is the millions of cars in the capital. Due to the lack of public transportation, many Tehran residents have no alternative but their own car.