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Beijing Seeks to Legislate Car Quotas as It Mulls Congestion Fee

  • Congestion charge study may take a few years to complete
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A heavy traffic jam is seen on the road in Beijing, China.

A heavy traffic jam is seen on the road in Beijing, China.

Photographer: ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images

Beijing plans to pass legislation this year to incorporate current traffic measures such as a lottery system for car license plates and restricted days for vehicle use even as it considers implementing congestion-based charges to alleviate the capital’s gridlock.

The city legislature has asked the municipal government for a detailed plan on the use of “economic measures” to reduce vehicular use, which may take a few years to draw up, according to Rong Jun, a spokesman and member of the Beijing Municipal Commission of Transport. Meanwhile, traffic-induced problems such as congestion, lack of parking spaces and pollution have become a “salient city management problem.”