Beijing Lifts Ban on Car Pooling to Help Ease Traffic Congestion
Two year after a unsuccessful participation in the license plate lottery in the capital owning a car might not be for a residents who is aiming to own his or her own vehicle. Instead residents now can take part of in a car pool website as the capital lifted the carpooling ban earlier this year.
The city control on the amount of vehicles is so strict that residents are not sure if they ever get one tomorrow or a few years later. And sharing a vehicle with another person seems to be the only way that one can own a vehicle. Other don’t like taking the bus since it takes too long to wait for it while joining the Metro rush hour is torture along with the impossibility of hailing a taxi during rush hours are well that’s why carpooling seems to be the easiest thing to do.
Although carpooling was once illegal in Beijing and is still is in some places for safety reasons, Beijing lifted the ban on January 1 in their hopes to ease traffic congestion and to fight pollution, thus making it the first Chinese city to legalize carpooling. Furthermore the commission on transport will study the fees in which drivers can charge their passengers for the ride.
Having more than 5 million vehicles on its roads, Beijing is the expert when it comes to traffic congestion and vehicle fumes. This prompted the city to initiate its hitchhiking program that offers car services at rush hours. By carpooling the amount of vehicles on roads will be reduced by 25 percent. Transportation experts welcome the initiative and they also conducted research in the public transportation stated that it will be easier for the public to get around the city especially during the Spring Festival.
Spring Festival saw a demand for car sharing and the legalization has further boosted it appeal. So far car pools has offer rides from Beijing and to its neighboring provinces.