Traffic Management Office Designs Special Plates for New Energy Vehicles
The traffic management authority has created specially designed special plates for new energy vehicles to help traffic police differentiate them from standard vehicles. The traffic management bureau which is under the Ministry of Public Security stated that the new plates is green in color compared to the standard blue. The plates will include a Chinese character which is short for the provincial region where they are issued with seven numbers and letters compared to the six on standard plates.
This is important so that traffic police can easily identify new energy vehicles and help them in enforcing the preferential polices local authorities apply to the use of green or new energy vehicles in cutting emission and easing traffic. Conventional vehicles are banned in central Beijing for one day a week, but no limits are imposed on electric vehicles.
The traffic bureau will be issuing three different designs for the new plates and are asking the public on which plate they prefer. By the end of last year, China had 332,000 registered electric vehicles and 252,000 using hybrid power source. China is using subsidies and preferred measures that will encourage drivers to purchase or use new energy vehicles and the country is aiming to have five million produced and sold by 2020.