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China Daily (Canada) - - SHANGHAI -

the sub­sidy that buy­ers of new en­ergy ve­hi­cles re­ceive from

the gov­ern­ment

Ac­cord­ing to Zhang Quan, di­rec­tor of Shang­hai En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Bureau, mo­tor ve­hi­cles cur­rently ac­count for about 30 per­cent of the city’s PM 2.5, the fine par­ti­cles that pose health haz­ards.

Ev­i­dently, years of in­vest­ment in the pub­lic trans­porta­tion sys­tem has yielded re­wards. Last year, the pas­sen­ger ca­pac­ity of the city’s metro sys­tem ex­ceeded that of buses for the first time in the city’s history. Also, ac­cord­ing to sta­tis­tics from the Shang­hai Mu­nic­i­pal Trans­porta­tion Com­mis­sion, the av­er­age mileage of a pri­vate car in Shang­hai in 2014 was 32 km per day, an 18 per­cent drop from 2009.

Sun said that one of the ways for­ward will be to ex­tend the mu­nic­i­pal­ity’s metro net­work, say­ing: “The length of metro lines will mea­sure a to­tal of 800 km in 2020 and there will be more than 500 sta­tions on 18 routes, making Shang­hai the city with the most de­vel­oped un­der­ground traf­fic sys­tem in the coun­try.”

Au­thor­i­ties will also be build­ing more bus lanes as well as set­ting up more parkand-ride fa­cil­i­ties — car park­ing spa­ces lo­cated near pub­lic trans­port con­nec­tions that pro­vide com­muters easy ac­cess to the city cen­ter.

With re­gard to new en­ergy ve­hi­cles, Sun said the gov­ern­ment will main­tain their strong sup­port schemes, in­clud­ing the 40,000 yuan sub­sidy ($6,300) that is cur­rently be­ing of­fered to the buy­ers of such cars, in ad­di­tion to free ve­hi­cle li­censes.

The lat­ter is con­sid­ered a very at­trac­tive perk as it is very dif­fi­cult and costly to get one in Shang­hai. Dur­ing the monthly auc­tion for li­cense plates in Oc­to­ber, the low­est bid was a stag­ger­ing 85,300 yuan. Fur­ther­more, ap­pli­cants only stand a 4.5 chance of win­ning a bid.

“We are mulling over more pref­er­en­tial poli­cies to new en­ergy car buy­ers. Such poli­cies in some other cities in­clude free park­ing in down­town ar­eas,” Sun added.

As of Septem­ber, there are about 35,000 new en­ergy ve­hi­cles, in­clud­ing 1,500 buses, in Shang­hai.

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