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Post time 2015-12-7 09:28:49 |Display all floors

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Beijing is likely to trial a congestion charge on road users, the city's traffic authority said on last Thursday(December 3).

"We are looking into the possibility of a congestion fee in certain areas," said Zhou Zhengyu, director of Beijing transport commission.

Beijing will further tighten its traffic controls, and deliberate policies that will encourage companies to adopt different working hours, Zhou said.

Close to 5.6 million vehicles vie for space on Beijing's roads. This means that vehicles have just 18.3 square meters of road each; slightly larger than a parking space.

Vehicle emissions account for 31 percent of the city's smog sources, according to Beijing Environmental Protection Bureau.

Beijing has rolled out various policies to address air quality and congestion, such as restricting vehicles from using the roads on one out of five weekdays based upon the last digits on their license plates.

Congestion fees are charged in Singapore and London, among others.

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Post time 2015-12-7 19:21:56 |Display all floors
The infrastructure needed to set this up would be huge

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Post time 2015-12-7 21:27:06 |Display all floors
the main reason for congestion is that we didn't think twice about how to arrange traffic lights or where can we build a bridge .etc..  and now it's mess ..

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Post time 2015-12-8 12:46:58 |Display all floors
In a word no, if you are living in Beijing and can afford a car anyway the chances are you fit into the category one of China's middle to upper class, meaning a congestion charge would even make a dent in your pocket.

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Post time 2015-12-9 05:52:58 |Display all floors
It would have some impact for a short period

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Post time 2015-12-9 12:02:05 |Display all floors
Double the gas price and use the new tax revenue to clean the air. Make all new cars have catalyst. Improve the quality of gasoline.

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Post time 2015-12-9 20:32:23 |Display all floors
mixamixa Post time: 2015-12-9 12:02
Double the gas price and use the new tax revenue to clean the air. Make all new cars have catalyst.  ...

Gas? Most Chinese cars run on petrol not gas, try Thailand for that, they have many LPG cars there.

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