Red Alert in Beijing – Time for a Walk

Red Alert in Beijing - Time for a Walk

For the first time ever we have a real Red Alert in Beijing, the highest alert for air pollution. The alert will last until Thursday 12:00.  Half of the cars are kicked off the street, trucks can’t enter the city, 30% of the government workers will stay home (nobody will notice that one), all construction has been halted, factories have been ordered to cancel operations, and the kindergartens and schools are closed.

Drama everywhere!, time thus for a walk in the vibrant Dongba area where I live. On the first photo an almost empty street, normally very busy and permanently traffic jammed. But not today. Local residents carry their groceries while wearing their colorful masks.

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Price of the Traffic Jams in Beijing: $11.2 Billion a Year

Price for Traffic Jams in Beijing: $11.2 Billion a Year

Beijing’s annual bill for the infamous and endless traffic jams amounts to 70 billion yuan ($11.3 billion), a recent study has found. According to a 2014 survey conducted by Peking University’s National Development Research Institute, 80 percent of total loss relates to time wasted waiting, 10 percent to gas and 10 percent to environmental damage.

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Mercedes-Benz found guilty of part price fixing in China

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The Chinese government is investigating major car makers on accusations of price fixing and breaking anti-monopoly laws. In a new development the local Chinese governments are going after the embattled car makers too.

Mercedes-Benz has been reportedly found guilty of vertical price fixing of car parts by an anti-monopoly investigation launched by the Jiangsu Province Price Bureau.

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Going after the Car again: China to “eliminate” 5.33 million vehicles

Going after the Car again: China to "eliminate" 5.33 million vehicles

The Chinese government has announced plans to “eliminate’ 5.33 million very-polluting vehicles in a bit to fight air pollution. Most cars will be killed in Beijing and surrounding provinces, with 330.000 cars slated for destruction in the capital and 660.000 in Hebei Province.

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Tianjin limits new-car license plates to fight pollution and traffic jams

Tianjin limits new-car license plates to fight pollotion and traffic jams

Another Chinese city has joined the anti-car club. The port city of Tianjin will restrict traffic and limit the number of new-car license plates in a bid to get more cars off the road to battle pollution and traffic jams. The measures will hurt car owners and the local auto sector.

The city will impose quota on its new car plates starting next Monday, requiring buyers to join lottery or bid in auctions to win a plate, according to a notice issued by the city government on Sunday evening.

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Beijing announces new measures to limit the number of new cars

Beijing announces new measures to limit the number of new cars

The Chinese capital Beijing continues its crusade against the car to reduce air pollution and traffic jams with new measures aimed at reducing the number of cars on the road by limiting the number of available license plates.

The number of plates will go down to 150.000 in 2014, down from 240.000 this year, and only drivers with a permanent Beijing-residence permit can apply. The number of applicants in the latest lottery, in November, was more than 1.74 million.

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Chinese city of Lanzhou bans 50% of all vehicles off the streets to battle air pollution

Chinese city of Lanzhou bans 50% of all vehicles off the streets to battle air pollution

The crusade against cars in Chinese cities continues in an ever faster pace. The newest battle is in the city of Lanzhou, capital of Gansu Province, where local authorities have implemented a strict odd-even license plate restriction system. The measure was launched on Sunday after the city pollution levels exceeded 101 on the official air quality index for three consecutive days last week. Levels above 101 are considered unhealthy.

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Guangzhou bans 50% of all cars during peak pollution

Guangzhou bans 50% of all cars during peak pollution

Beijing is not the only city in China battling pollution and traffic jams. The city of Guangzhou, capital of Guangdong Province, is severely polluted as well.The local government has implemented new measures that will ban 50% of all cars during peak pollution.

In addition, 30 percent of government cars will remain garaged if air pollution hits serious levels, and key enterprises will have to cut 30 percent of their emissions during a red alert, the highest level.

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Beijing considering congestion tolls to curb air pollution

Beijing considering congestion tolls to curb air pollution

The Chinese capital Beijing is plagued by heavy air pollution end endless traffic jams. The Beijing government is aiming all its arrows at cars and keeps coming up with new plans to limit car use in the capital. The latest plan is a congestion toll for the downtown area, set to start in 2015.

The proposal is included in a task list of Beijing’s five-year action plan on controlling vehicle pollution. Issued last week, the document contains a suite of measures to curb car emissions, such as a reduction of the number of license plates issued, elimination of high-emission vehicles, increase of parking fees and construction of new subways.

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Beijing will cut new car registration quota by 37.5%

Beijing will cut new car registration quota by 37.5%

The Beijing municipal government is taking desperate measures to bring down air pollution. Beijing will slash its new car registration quota by 37.5 percent starting from 2014 and give more stake to new energy vehicles as part of its efforts to curb air pollution.

According to an interpretation of a five-year vehicle emission reduction plan (2013-2017), the number of newly registered cars will be cut from current 240,000 each year to 150,000 by 2017.

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