Bei­jing faces tougher park­ing rules

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE -

Too many ve­hi­cles and too few places to park mean that Bei­jing res­i­dents may have to buy a park­ing space be­fore pur­chas­ing a new car.

It is ex­pected that cur­rent car own­ers will have to prove they are pay­ing for park­ing spa­ces, and park­ing vi­o­la­tions will be en­forced, ac­cord­ing to Vice-Mayor Zhang Yankun. A study of the prob­lem will begin this year, and the new reg­u­la­tions are ex­pected to be launched next year, Zhang said.

Bei­jing had 5.59 mil­lion ve­hi­cles at the end of last year, but only around 2.9 mil­lion park­ing spa­ces. Based on in­ter­na­tion­ally ac­cepted guide­lines, there should be 3.5 mil­lion park­ing spa­ces to meet the cur­rent de­mand.

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