Bei­jing may im­pose con­ges­tion tax on mo­torists

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

Bei­jing mu­nic­i­pal of­fi­cials are ac­tively dis­cussing the idea of a con­ges­tion tax to make mo­torists think twice about driv­ing into the city’s high-traf­fic ar­eas.

The pro­posal would hit driv­ers with a yet-un­spec­i­fied sur­charge.

The mu­nic­i­pal gov­ern­ment is in the process of mov­ing most of its of­fices into the sub­urbs, which should ease traf­fic in cen­tral Bei­jing, where most mu­nic­i­pal gov­ern­ment of­fices are cur­rently lo­cated.

A num­ber of other steps have also been taken, in­clud­ing in­creas­ing park­ing fees and im­ple­ment­ing re­stric­tions on when peo­ple can drive, based on their li­cense plate num­ber.

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