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BEIJING, China (December 14) – Recently, China’s National Reform and Development Commission released an energy-saving guide for the medium and long term. Among an array of policy proposals, one says big cities should limit private cars. According to the document, buying private cars shall be explicitly discouraged in favour of buses, subways and bicycles, because […]

BEIJING, China (December 14) – Recently, China’s National Reform and Development Commission released an energy-saving guide for the medium and long term. Among an array of policy proposals, one says big cities should limit private cars.

According to the document, buying private cars shall be explicitly discouraged in favour of buses, subways and bicycles, because they exploit too much transportation resource.

But the reactions in China have been, to say the least, not favourable towards these proposed measures. The next piece is taken from the China Daily newspaper as a comment on the new policy:

“It is not quite in tune with the burgeoning “car boom” China is experiencing right now. The contributions of the automobile industry to the national economy have pushed more and more places to join the national zeal for car making. If the idea of curbing private cars will be put into practice, who will buy all these cars? And what shall the car owners do with the cars they have already bought?

Furthermore, if the restriction only applies to private cars but not to government vehicles, the problem of acute transportation resources shortage will still not be resolved.

In addition, if the restriction only affects would-be car purchasers but not present car owners, transportation resources would be enjoyed exclusively by a small group of people, mainly from the upper echelons of society – entrepreneurs or white-collar elites”.

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