20,000 car plates available in first car number lottery

20,000 car plates available in first car number lotteryThe first car number lottery was held in Beijing yesterday under the new rules to help ease the traffic gridlock in the city. 210,000 people applied for the 20,000 plates which were available monthly under the new measures introduced last December.

The government also hope that this move can help reduce air pollution in the city. From the 20,000 number plates available 90 percent of them are allocated for residents while the remaining ten percent are for business operating in the city. The lottery will be broadcast live on television and the internet, and to ensure fairness and equality the draw will be supervised by transport officials and statistics experts. Results can be checked online or by calling.

By the end of 2010 the number of registered cars in Beijing hit 4.8 million, an average of 2,000 cars in the streets everyday. The current traffic congestion is so severe that it turn streets into car parks during its peak hours.

Even with the plate restrictions, experts say it will not have an impact on the car sales in the biggest auto market in which sales increased to 32 percent in 2010.

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