16 January 2019

Beijing eyes congestion fee to fight air pollution, paper says

Beijing’s municipal government is planning to roll out additional measures, including setting low carbon emission zones and imposing a congestion fee in the downtown area, to boost the campaign against air pollution and traffic congestion in the capital city, Beijing Youth Daily reported Wednesday. City officials are studying similar measures adopted by major cities overseas, including London and Milan, where motor vehicles operating within a specific zone are charged a certain amount to ease traffic in the area and raise funds to improve the transport system, the report said, citing deliberations during a work meeting attended by municipal transport and environmental protection officials. The congestion charge is likely to be launched on major thoroughfares of the city in 2015, according to the newspaper.

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