Beijing has been taking real steps to reduce its pollution after last year's Olympic Games brought the issue to a very public stage. There are already some rather complicated rules
that drivers need to follow and, starting this year, cars will be required to carry a "yellow label" if they don't meet Euro I emissions standards. These standards were first adopted in China back in 1992. Cars that carry these labels will be banned from certain roadways in the city for at least one day per week. Fortunately, owners of such vehicles will soon be eligible for a subsidy that will offer as much as 25,000 yuan ($3,660) to replace the old vehicle with a new and cleaner model. If drivers fail to follow these orders, they face a fine of about $15. Currently, there are over 350,000 vehicles that are so labeled, so this isn't a problem that will be going away any time soon.