Beijing to limit vehicle registrations to combat rising congestion (China)

By News Editor / Updated: 01 Aug 2014
Beijing will limit the number of vehicles registrations in 2011 in an attempt to reduce traffic levels and combat associated congestion.

Beijing will limit the number of vehicles registrations in 2011 in an attempt to reduce traffic levels and combat associated congestion. The city will limit the number of new vehicles that can be registered in 2011 to 240,000, slightly over a third of those allowed in 2010. Registrations will be now allocated via a lottery system. The new system had been anticipated by the public and seen a sharp increase in the number of registrations in the past months, as people try and avoid the new rules.

Currently, on average, 2,000 new cars are introduced on Beijing road network every day and the city has already tried several systems to try and reduce congestion and improve air quality. Prior to the new system, all cars were banned from the city streets for one day per week, according to different licence plate numbers on different days. However, in other cities where similar schemes have been implemented this has led to some people buying second cars to beat this restriction.


Source: AFP
Country: 
China
Topic: 
Collective passenger transport