Transportation Planning

Beijing considers introducing traffic congestion charges

Despite Beijing's traffic gridlocks, more than a million residents are still waiting to get a license plate by the end of last month. Photo: Simon Song

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

Forcing drivers into off-street parking facilities will help to reduce pollution

While drivers welcome government plans to introduce new features at parking meters, such as allowing fees to be paid via mobile phone, pedestrians and residents of districts with chronic traffic congestion are appalled.

25 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

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

Shenzhen drivers face new toll

Shenzhen plans to begin charging motorists congestion fees after the third phase of its subway network is completed in 2016.

The city announced last week that there were two million registered vehicles on its streets, the second highest in any mainland city, trailing only Beijing.

7 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

We should do more to promote cycling

Cycling has many benefits. It is the best way to combat traffic congestion and air pollution. It is good exercise and helps people avoid obesity. However, many things prevent cycling being more popular in Hong Kong.

21 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Cyclist on roll to put Guangzhou on a bike

Chen Jiajun, 25, is making a name for himself with a set of wheels and a dream. The educational psychology graduate student at South China Normal University has long been an avid bicyclist and two years ago, he formed a group called Bike Guangzhou to promote cycling and to push for equal access to roads.

16 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Fears for pedestrians over harbour cycleway scheme

A cycling lobby group's proposal for a cycleway along Hong Kong Island's north shore yesterday encountered opposition after some members of the Harbourfront Commission raised concerns about its safety.

8 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Survey aims to assess huge changes in travel behaviour

Hard on the heels of the 2011 census covering the whole of Hong Kong, the government will launch another major survey next month to assess residents' commuting patterns and transport needs.

26 Aug 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

Runners and cyclists on collision course after 10k race is cancelled

It is the runners versus the cyclists.

A group of runners gathered outside Sha Tin police station yesterday morning to protest against the cancellation of the ANS Sha Tin riverside 10 kilometre race, which was due to take place next week.

It is the first time in seven years that the race, which attracted 1,000 runners this year, has had to be cancelled.

7 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

Visionary planning the only answer to gridlock

Cars have gridlocked countless great cities that did not plan for the explosion of private ownership. Not so long ago mainland cities remained exceptions. The automotive industry was still to take off.

29 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Policy on cars driving people to distraction

Admirers of China's one-party system have long perpetuated an argument that exactly because of the Communist Party's authoritarian rule, mainland leaders don't have to appease fickle voters with stop-gap solutions, or face the constant scrutiny of lawmakers, unlike their counterparts in Western countries.

20 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Speeding driver hits eight people

Eight people were injured in central Beijing yesterday morning when a car ploughed through a cycle lane at high speed.

The driver, 31-year-old Heilongjiang native Li Honghai , was intercepted and detained by police at the scene, just a few kilometres from the nation's political centre, the Zhongnanhai leadership compound.

23 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Bias watchdog criticises Link's failure in malls

The anti-discrimination watchdog isn't happy with efforts by The Link Management to improve access for the disabled at its shopping centres and car parks - and he's telling the company so.

'I'm not satisfied with their progress,' Equal Opportunities Commission chairman Lam Woon-kwong said yesterday.

14 Sep 2010 - 12:00am