The traffic controls in Beijing may have cleared the air somewhat but they have also had a major impact on logistics companies, which rely on transporting goods for much of their business.
Wu Chao, Manager Beijing Hendan-Dutek Electronics, said, ‘One van has an odd-number license plate, the other, an even-number one. The new system means one is always left unused. So we have to rent a van now. But it is not easy to rent. The renting fee doubled during the period, so it’s cost me hundreds of thousands of yuan over the last two months.’
A leader from a medium-sized electric company says prices charged by logistic companies was RMB0.5 per kilometer per ton in the past, but it has now increased to one to two yuan. The transport fee will be even higher if they need temporary cars.
Li Hongchuan, Deputy GM Chinapower, said, ‘The air quality is good after adopting the odd-even system. The roads are clear. I support the system. But it is not convenient for the company. It means two cars can only be used as one car. And it adds additional cost.’
Experts say if the system is carried out in the long term, it will challenge not only enterprises but the city’s industrial structure.
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