City Hits New Record of 3 Million Vehicles on the Road
The amount of vehicles registered in Shenzhen has hit a new time record as it hit 3 million yesterday, making the city the third city after Beijing and Chengdu in the number of vehicles on the road which poses a challenge to decision makers on how to further relieve traffic congestion. Based on density, Shenzhen ranks first in China having 480 vehicles per kilometer much higher that the international level of 270 vehicles per kilometer.
At the vehicle registration and administration office in Xili recorded the 3 millionth driver after he registered his vehicle and got his license plate. The number of vehicles kept increase at a rate of 15 percent year on year in the past years, then in February 2012 the number of vehicles have hit 2 million and then in September 2013 went up to 2.5 million and took less than a year for the amount of vehicles to increase by half a million.
But as the amount of vehicles increase the road supply didn’t increase a predicted and the total road length in the city is at 6,256 kilometer this including the 357 kilometers of expressways which is far shorter than the length of roads compared to Shanghai, Guangzhou and Beijing. Along with the fact that the city is also facing a shortage of parking spaces.
A report showed that the city ranks 6th among the Chinese cities in congestion from April to June in which heavy traffic hinders social and economic development. Trunk roads including Beihuan, Binhe, Binhai and Nigang are always congested during rush hours and non peak hours in which congestion lasts up to two hours, which pushed the city government to find different measures to relieve congestion.