Chinese cities to curb car purchases

Chinese cities to curb car purchases

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During 2013, eight more cities in China are most likely going to announce policies which will curb the purchase of vehicles for private use. On July 10, 2013, an official from the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers said that problems of pollution and traffic congestion have increased in the city.

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The cities which have already curbed the purchase of vehicles include Guangzhou, Shanghai, Beijing and Guiyang in Guizhou province. Shi Jianhua, deputy general secretary of CAAM said that Hangzhou in Zhejiang province, Tianjin, Chongqing, Chengdu in Sichuan province, Shenzhen in Guangdong province, Shijiazhuang in Heibei province and Wuhan in Hubei province are very likely going to introduce vehicle purchase quotas.

Jianhua went on to say that the recent policy might even bring down sales by 400,000 units, which is equivalent to 2 percent of total domestic sales, which has a certain impact on the economic growth of China. On June 18, 2013, the government of Shijiazhuang stated on its website that it will bar  local households from buying a third car, starting at the end of 2013

In order to ease traffic, the city will be introducing an odd-even license plate system for car use. With this new policy, the government aims to keep car population of the city below 2.1 million units by the end of 2015.