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New Rule in China: No More Bike Registration

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BEIJING, China (October 26) – China’s more than 1.3 billion people may directly ride their new bicycles from the store to the roads without first going to the police for registration. New road traffic safety rules were passed in Beijing, abolishing the bicycle registration system which had been in place for nearly half a century. […]

BEIJING, China (October 26) – China’s more than 1.3 billion people may directly ride their new bicycles from the store to the roads without first going to the police for registration. New road traffic safety rules were passed in Beijing, abolishing the bicycle registration system which had been in place for nearly half a century. The country produced 78 million bicycles last year, about one third of the global total.

In 2002, every Chinese urban family owned an average of 1.4 bicycles. Before the reforms, people would have to apply for bicycle plates or face penalty. They had to turn in tax each year and the police would take care of the registered bicycles’ safety. The annual tax was four yuan (0.48 US dollars) for one bicycle in Beijing. The abolishment of the bicycle registration system was underpinned by the dwindling value of the bicycle, which was once a major treasure of the Chinese. Also the registration brought too much trouble for citizens and increased the cost of government administration, said Wang Jiayan, deputy director of the Subcommittee of Legislative Affairs of the Beijing Municipal People’s Congress, the city legislature.
China is entering an automobile age and application for an automobile plate is becoming more difficult. The country registered more than 9 million automobiles and the figure is climbing by 15 % each year.

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