Beijing has strict limits on the number of licence plates it issues. Photo: AFP Beijing has strict limits on the number of licence plates it issues. Photo: AFP
Beijing has strict limits on the number of licence plates it issues. Photo: AFP

Drivers in Beijing get fake married for a licence plate (really) to beat wait of up to nine years caused by rationing

  • There are over 3,000 applicants for every plate for a petrol vehicle, and those seeking a plate for an electric car can be kept waiting for up to nine years
  • A black market has sprung up in which a driver who needs a plate marries someone who owns one, has it transferred into their name and the two then divorce

Topic |   China economy
Beijing has strict limits on the number of licence plates it issues. Photo: AFP Beijing has strict limits on the number of licence plates it issues. Photo: AFP
Beijing has strict limits on the number of licence plates it issues. Photo: AFP
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