Mayor Zhang Guangning has pledged to tackle traffic congestion threatening to bring Guangzhou to a standstill by building more car parks and encouraging motorists to drive only at weekends. Re-elected to a second five-year term yesterday, he said the government would subsidise public transport and build more entrances and bicycle parks at subway stations. He disclosed plans for 50,000 extra parking spaces annually over the next three years so cars could be parked properly and not on roadsides where they caused traffic jams. Land and buildings abandoned by developers would be taken over to build car parks. Local media reported there were only 280,000 parking spaces for 1.45 million cars in 2005. 'We want to encourage residents not to drive to work, but only at the weekends,' Mr Zhang said. Guangzhou has successfully attracted Japanese car makers to turn the city into the second-biggest car manufacturer in the country, and demand for vehicles is so strong that between 330 and 430 new cars go on the road each day. The mayor said that although heavy investment had been poured into road construction, it could not keep up with the demand and there was a need to build even more roads, better public transport and more car parks.