Tianjin to Use Beijing as Model for its Traffic Control Scheme
Traffic authority announced the plan last Sunday and as of now those planning to purchase any vehicles will need to acquire a new license plate by lottery or through bidding Tianjin has also suspended all new car registrations and ownership transfer until next year. No details on the number of new license plates will be offered or when the lottery or bidding will be implemented. Several government agencies have also released a drafted notice on the details of the lottery and bidding will happen and it will be announced to te public after getting the approval of the municipal government.
Shanghai, Guangzhou and Beijing have already limited the number of vehicles that are registered every year, and Shanghai has already used a bidding scheme in issuing license plates, while Beijing uses a lottery system and Guangzhou uses both schemes. The head of the Tianjin traffic management bureau said that the city will be using Beijing as its model in adopting the traffic control scheme. Vehicles with Tianjin license plates will be banned from the roads once a week and based on the license plates starting March 2014 until January 2015.
Vehicles with non local plates are allowed to operate outside the outer ring road of the city in the morning and evening rush hours during the weekdays. The Tianjin government showed that vehicle ownership has increased in the city with the number of vehicles registered has reached 2.3 million from the previous of 1.2 million.