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Beijing car buyers may be forced to reserve parking spaces

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 31 October, 2012, 11:39am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 31 October, 2012, 5:47pm

Beijing residents might soon have to reserve a parking space before they can buy a car, the city’s traffic administration authorities said on Wednesday.

Beijing traffic official Pan Bo told a government website that obtaining a parking licence to purchase a vehicle “was a future trend”. A parking space would also have to be properly installed, he added.

Pan, a parking facility administrator, made the comments as Beijing rushes to complete construction of 35,000 parking spaces by the end of the year – in an attempt to ease parking congestion.

Pan said the government’s goal was to allow vehicle owners to be able to reach a parking spot on foot within 10 minutes.

The number of vehicles in Beijing – which has a population of 20 million – reached five million in January.

A parking licence is not the only obstacle facing vehicle buyers. Under a new policy which began last year, Beijing residents also need to win a “car lottery” in order to obtain a car licence plate.

This aims to reduce the number of cars in the notoriously crowded capital, limiting new car registrations at 240,000 every year, down two-thirds from a year before.


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If there is any justice, that Ferrari pictured in this story is the same one that crashed and took the life of the son of that cadre close to Hu Jintao earlier this year!


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