Beijing cuts car sales quota to curb air pollution

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Beijing will cut its new car sales quota by almost 40 percent next year in a bid to reduce vehicle emissions and curb severe air pollution, according to a new policy released on the Beijing government website on Tuesday.

Vehicles move slowly on West Third Ring Road in Beijing. [Photo/Chen Boyuan/]

Beijing will issue 150 thousand new license plates every year, from 2014 to 2017. That means there will be only 600 thousand new passenger vehicles in Beijing in the next four years, fewer than the city's vehicle sales in 2010 alone, according to the Beijing government website.

Moreover, the new policy will increase annual sales quotas for new-energy vehicles from 20,000 in 2014 to 60,000 in 2017, accounting for 40 percent of the 2017 total license plate quota.

Beijing will perfect its differentiated parking charge policy in 2014, and officially bring it into force in 2015, the policy said.

The new policy has ruled out imposing a congestion charge in Beijing in 2014.

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