Congestion fee to be introduced soon
The city transport commission is considering to impose a fee on vehicles entering city during rush hours in efforts to address the increasing congested roads. The congestion fee is a measure that the authorities is willing to take to help ease the traffic congestion. No words yet on when and how the fee will be charged or implemented.
Vehicles in Shenzhen reached a staggering number of 1.7 million last November of 2010 and is growing 20 percent every year in figures showed by transport authorities. The city also had no plans of auctioning license plates or limiting the number of licenses as Shanghai and Beijing doing now in efforts to make it more expensive to own cars.
Shenzhen will instead focus on promoting public transportation in its residents since the city is doing a great effort in building a comprehensive transport network of underground trains and buses for its residents. The city plans to have a bus stop every 500 meters in the city, ensuring that public buses are easily accessible. Metro lines construction are also moving fast with more lines being put up in anticipation for the Universiade games.
This is not the first time that the city government was planning to impose a congestion fee, since they were already planning to impose it since March 2007, but more research was needed before it will be introduced.