Beijing Imposes Car Ban to Ease Pollution

The car ban imposed for the Olympics has expired, but according to China Daily, Beijing will impose a new 6-month ban to try to ease air pollution beginning on October 11.

Cars whose number plates end with 1 or 6 will be taken off roads on Monday, while those ending with 2 or 7 will be banned on Tuesday, 3 or 8 on Wednesday, 4 or 9 on Thursday and 5 or 0 on Friday. The ban does not apply on weekends.

[…]In compensation, the restricted vehicles will be exempt from one month of vehicle tax and road maintenance fee a year. Drivers who are caught to have breached the new rule will not enjoy the exemption, according to Wang [Zhaorong, an official with the Beijing Municipal Committee of Communications].

While most people applaud the ban on government and corporate vehicles, the ban on private cars, however, has sparked an outcry from car owners, many of whom complain it is “unfair”.

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