Despite broken promises, and too many half-baked anti-pollution schemes to count, Beijing will reportedly make good on its vow to reduce the number of vehicles on the road, cutting the annual number of new cars available to registered drivers by 40% over the next three years. Or so we hope. China Daily reports:
From 2014 through 2017, the number of new cars available to registered drivers in the capital, which is currently handled through the city’s monthly plate lottery, will be reduced from 240,000 a year to 150,000, according to a new regulation released by 14 municipal authorities on Thursday.
The number of applicants in the latest lottery, in November, was more than 1.74 million.
According to the capital’s license plate lottery regulation, only drivers who are permanent residents of Beijing or immigrants who have paid taxes in the capital for more than five years are qualified to apply.
The new policy will ensure that the capital will add only 600,000 new cars in the next four years, including 430,000 gasoline vehicles and 170,000 new-energy vehicles.
However, the number of car licenses made available for new-energy vehicles will increase in the next four years, to 20,000 in 2014, 30,000 in 2015, 60,000 in 2016, and 60,000 in 2017.
Meanwhile, the number of new gasoline vehicles available will be reduced annually, from 130,000 in 2014, 120,000 in 2015, 90,000 in 2016, and 90,000 and 2017.
It’s a step in the right direction, though we could easily see Beijing getting overzealous like they did with outdoor barbecue and force smokers to enter a lottery to see which ones are eligible to light up.
Editor’s note: An earlier version of this post incorrectly said that Beijing was reducing the number of new cars on the road. This has been corrected.