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Transport Economics

Beijing considers introducing traffic congestion charges

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

Congestion fee best way to clear roads

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

Tougher fuel rules for car subsidy

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

Jam-packed Shenzhen mulls congestion fees

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

New-car tax fails to solve old car problem

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 steps up traffic fight

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

Fuel for thought

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

Guangdong officials ponder law to cut traffic in cities

Authorities in Guangdong are considering legislation to restrict the number of vehicles on the province's crowded city streets.

25 Aug 2009 - 12:00am

Turmoil offers opportunity to promote green cars

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

Reclamation scaled down after lawsuits

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