Guangzhou to impose new measures to control traffic

Guangzhou to impose new measures to control trafficIn efforts to curb traffic congestion in the city, the Guangzhou city government will be raising parking fees and plans to impose congestion fees and restrictions on vehicles outside the city during rush hours. A draft of 30 measures to control traffic was released and the city ruled out restricting new license plates since they didn’t think it would help in controlling vehicles on the road.

Guangzhou have 2.15 million vehicles running in their streets, this includes the 1.61 million number of private cars owned. The number of private cars have increased over the past five years in a rate the exceeds Beijing and Shanghai. Last year Guangzhou registered 300,000 new vehicles. Sixty main roads in the city registered an average speed of 20 kilometers an hour during the rush hour, which is slower than average.

Authorities think that this will get worse by 2013 if traffic measures are not taken. Traffic authorities is considering imposing restrictions on major roads during peak travel hours based on the final digits of license plates of cars

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