Beijing Imposes Car Ban to Ease Pollution

The car ban imposed for the Olympics has expired, but according to China Daily, 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 , the restricted vehicles will be exempt from one month of vehicle tax and 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 applaud the ban on and corporate vehicles, the ban on private cars, however, has sparked an outcry from car owners, many of whom complain is “unfair”.

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