Beijing holds first car number plate lottery
Thursday 27 January 2011
China's capital Beijing on Wednesday held its first car number plate lottery under new rules aimed at easing chronic gridlock in the city, with 17,600 people given the green light to hit the packed roads.
More than 210,000 people applied for the 20,000 number plates available monthly under the measures announced in December, which are also designed to help reduce air pollution, the official Xinhua news agency said.
Nearly 90 percent of the number plates available monthly are allocated for residents. The rest are given to businesses operating in the capital.
The lottery - broadcast live on television and the Internet - was supervised by statistics experts and transport officials to "ensure the openness, fairness and equity" of the process, the report said.
Applicants can check the results online or by phone.
The new rules will allow only 240,000 new cars to be registered in Beijing this year, compared with the record 800,000 automobiles that took to the congested streets of the capital last year, the report said.
The number of registered cars in Beijing stood at 4.8 million at the end of 2010, as an average of over 2,000 new cars hit the capital's streets every day last year.
But the current congestion is already so severe that parts of the the city often resemble parking lots at peak hours.
The capital's number plate restrictions are not expected to have a major impact on overall sales in the world's biggest auto market, which rose more than 32 percent in 2010 to 18.06 million units.
Sales in Beijing account for only three to four percent of the national total.
Olympic diver has made his modelling debut for Adidas
Life & Style blogs
Daniele Watts: Django Unchained actress detained by Los Angeles police after being mistaken for a prostitute
Scottish independence referendum: A nation divided against itself
The political class is doing what Hitler couldn’t – destroying Britain
Scottish independence: Nationalist leader Jim Sillars threatens pro-union companies with 'day of reckoning' after independence
Portuguese academic says British are 'filthy, violent and drunk'
Scottish independence: The Queen breaks silence on referendum debate – as think tank warns of £14bn black hole if Scotland votes Yes
- 1 Daniele Watts: Django Unchained star's white boyfriend Brian Lucas confirms LAPD internally investigating 'racist' detainment
- 2 Isis release 'Flames of War' video warning Obama of attacks troops could face in Iraq
- 3 Pakistani passenger power forces two politicians off plane
- 4 Say yes to 'no-poo': It's been three years since I stopped washing my hair
- 5 John Travolta addresses former pilot's gay romance allegations publicly for the first time: 'That was the lowest I'd ever felt'
£110 - £200 per day: Randstad Education Leeds: Secondary Maths Teacher for spe...
£90 - £160 per day: Randstad Education Leeds: Secondary Science Teacher (mater...
£110 - £200 per day: Randstad Education Leeds: Secondary Maths Teacher for an ...
£22000 - £37000 per annum: Randstad Education Leeds: A West Yorkshire School i...