Beijing car owners may have to pay more in the future, as the city is among a growing number of mainland cities that are considering introducing congestion charges.Saturday, 18 August, 2012, 5:11am
Drivers expect traffic to flow smoothly, but are unenthusiastic when it is suggested that they be charged to use roads to ease gridlock and reduce air pollution. A recent announcement by Shenzhen authorities that a congestion fee will be introduced in 2016 was, unsurprisingly, met with displeasure.28 Mar 2012 - 12:00am
Beijing has tightened the minimum fuel-efficiency requirements for small-engine passenger cars to qualify for a national 3,000-yuan (HK$3,662) purchase subsidy.17 Sep 2011 - 12:00am
Shenzhen authorities are considering congestion charges on cars entering the city.
Shenzhen has the highest vehicle density of any mainland city - nearly 900 vehicles per square kilometre and growing by 20 per cent a year.8 Mar 2011 - 12:00am
For a government with a reputation for tiptoeing around a problem rather than going straight for the jugular, the proposed increase in registration tax for new private cars does not come as a surprise. The aim is to reduce road congestion, which gets worse the more vehicles we allow on our narrow, overcrowded, streets.24 Feb 2011 - 12:00am
Guangzhou authorities are mulling a comprehensive package to beat the city's traffic gridlock, which seems to have worsened since the end of the Asian Games, local media reported.10 Jan 2011 - 12:00am
Hong Kong now has some 400,000 private cars on its roads, a number that came upon us quicker than might have been expected a few years ago. It appears accelerated growth in car ownership has been fuelled, in part, by an exemption from registration tax for drivers who opt to buy 'green'.15 Aug 2010 - 12:00am
Authorities in Guangdong are considering legislation to restrict the number of vehicles on the province's crowded city streets.25 Aug 2009 - 12:00am
The central government will soon announce the rate cut for consumption tax, which is regarded as a move to further boost sales and entice consumers to buy 'green' cars in a weak market.7 Jan 2009 - 12:00am
Environmentalists' concerns over the impact of the Central-Wan Chai bypass have kept the project on the drawing board for more than a decade.
The government saw the HK$20 billion road, which would run along the harbour, as a solution to traffic congestion between Causeway Bay and Central, where some roads are carrying 20 per cent more traffic than their design capacity.4 Nov 2008 - 12:00am