Capital tightens car emission standards
Beijing has announced stricter emission standards for cars in order to improve air quality in the capital.
Starting on Dec 15, gasoline cars with National I and II emission standards will be banned from the road in Beijing when the city has an orange or red airquality alert.
Those cars will also be banned from the road from Monday to Friday starting on Feb 15 next year.
The number of cars with National I and II emission standards make up 8 percent of the cars registered in Beijing, accounting for more than 30 percent of all car emissions in the city, because of their low standards, according to Fang Li, spokesman for the Beijing Municipal Environmental Protection Bureau.
There are 5.7 million cars in Beijing, which produce about 500,000 metric tons of polluting emissions annually, according to the bureau.
Car emissions are one of the major sources of air pollution in Beijing.
An elevated monorail during its test run at China Sky Railway in Chengdu, capital of Southwest China’s Sichuan province and home of pandas. The panda-faced vehicle is China’s first suspension train driven by lithium batteries and can run at a speed of 37mph and carry around 230 passengers.