Chronic traffic woes have led officials in Beijing to take action, again. A congestion charge will soon be levied on drivers wishing to travel on select roads in the Chinese capital. Xinhua news agency says the charge is to encourage residents of Beijing to use public transit or bicycles for inner-city jaunts. Xinhua did not detail how the congestion charge will be collected or which roads would be affected.

Beijing's estimated 4.8 million registered vehicles make for constant traffic jams within the city. At times, the backups have become so bad that portions of Beijing's roads look like parking lots. Bejing's efforts to curb congestion and pollution date back to the Olympics in 2008, and the congestion charge is one of the most dramatic steps taken to date by the Chinese capital. We're sure it won't be the last.


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      Arun Murali
      • 3 Years Ago
      Congestion Charging is almost proven not to work all by itself. It has to come backed up with ramped high coverage public transport systems. Both Singapore and London have a decent public transport systems which is why Congestion Charging works. Singapore has metro almost every two blocks(in the central districts) and buses ever 5 minutes to feed them. I guess the modern solution is a PRT of system. But the inherent solution itself comes with the way the cities are designed so that people travel less. China could solve half their problem with ramping up the density of residential areas around their work places.
      Jelly
      • 3 Years Ago
      They need to shut down the coal fired smog producing power stations that power factories that supply Walmart with everything it sells. Brink back the old skool ZERO EMISSION rickshaw the way to go, and put them back in the paddy fields where they belong.
        Marco Polo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jelly
        Now y'know you are beginning to sound very reminiscent of a certain Danish troll with a propensity for alter ego's.....
        Marco Polo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jelly
        Careful, you are beginning to sound suspiciously like a certain Danish troll.....