A new policy has been approved in principle that will require car buyers in Beijing to prove they have a parking space before they buy a car.
The State Council, China’s Cabinet, has in principle endorsed the city’s measures – which are used in other countries – and urged that it happen soon.
Other measures include expanding public transportation services and encouraging citizens to use them, enforcing the odd-even license-plate number policy which allows certain vehicles to be operated on certain days of the week, and charging congestion fees.
CRIEnglish.com reports that as of late November, there were 4.67 million cars in Beijing and 6.19 million registered drivers. Severe traffic jams of world class standards appear to have moved the municipal policy makers to action.