16 November 2018

Beijing mulls launching congestion levy in 2015, paper says

The Beijing Bureau of Environmental Protection is set to roll out a raft of measures aimed at strengthening the campaign against air pollution in the capital city, Beijing News reported Friday. The measures will include establishing low emission zones, imposing a traffic congestion levy and fuel exhaust surcharge, and introducing staggered prices for gasoline, the report said. The idea of a congestion levy was first raised in 2010, and is scheduled to be finalized this year for an official launch in 2015. Authorities are also considering retiring 200,000 old motor vehicles, as well as introducing 700 electric vehicles and 3,950 taxis and buses that run on natural gas into the city’s public transport systems this year, the report said.

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