3/26/2014

Another Chinese City to Allocate License Plates

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Hangzhou has become at least the sixth big city in China to limit local car sales in a bid to control air pollution and traffic congestion.

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Hangzhou has become at least the sixth big city in China to limit local car sales in a bid to control air pollution and traffic congestion.

The city has announced it will issue only 80,000 new vehicle license plates per year compared with a record 276,000 tags in 2013, Bloomberg News reports. Hangzhou will dispense 80% of available plates by lottery and auction off the rest.

The municipality notes that rush-hour traffic in Hangzhou has slowed to an average 12 mph. The city's new policy also is in response to a national war on smog proclaimed by China Premier Li Keqiang. The United Nations' World Health Organization has described China's poor air quality as a health issue that threatens the country's economy.