One of Beijing's problems for next year's Summer Olympic Games is the high levels of pollution. The levels are so alarming that the International Olympic Commitee has raised some concerns about this issue. As a solution, the Chinese Olympic Comitee is going to ban private cars traffic in the city for two weeks in August, as a test measure to check if the air quality improves. Should this measure work, no private driving would be allowed during the 2008 Games. Similar policies have been followed before in places such as México City and Italy (although not as drastic).
Other measures taken by the Chinese authorities to reduce pollution include the substitution of 1,600 coal-fuelled manufacturing facilities and power plants. The city will also replace 50,000 taxis and 10,000 buses with more modern, clean and efficient models.