Shenzhen Implements New Car Restrictions
A policy that will restrict car purchase was announced yesterday and is now requiring prospective buyers to acquire new license plates by lottery or auction. Shenzhen is the latest city to use these restrictions on the sale of new cars after following suit from Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Guiyang, Shijiazhuang, and Tianjin which implemented the same measures in the efforts for fight against smog and traffic congestion.
Based on the new policy that took effect last 6 pm Monday, the city will cap the number of new card that will be sold in the city at 100,000 a year including the 20,000 units slated for electric vehicles. Car purchasers will need to obtain license plates for cars they are planning to purchase by bidding in auctions or participation in lotteries. The restriction will be implemented for the next five years. and to enforce the new rules car dealers wee told to close their doors by 6 pm yesterday.
Vehicles that are registered outside of Shenzhen will be banned from running in Luohu, Futian Yantian and Nanshan district especially during rush hours except on designated road that leads to checkpoints in the four districts. Restrictions will not be applied during holidays and weekends. Emergency vehicles and vehicles with dual license for Macau and Hong Kong are not subjected to the limitation. After the regulation takes effect, drivers caught bearing non Shenzhen plates will not be fined for the first violation of the one month grace period.