Shanghai adopts new traffic curbs

The Chinese city of Shanghai is to adopt a watered-down version of Beijing's traffic restrictions, Reuters reported. The city hopes the new regulations will clean the air, clear the roads and save energy.


Starting next month, vehicles belonging to the government or state-owned enterprises will be banned from the roads on one out of five weekdays in a system based on license plate numbers.


Different from Beijing’s curbs, the restrictions in Shanghai will not apply to private cars. But "Shanghai’s private vehicles are encouraged to follow the restrictions," Xinhua news agency quoted an official as saying.


Beijing introduced its own restrictions after taking half the city’s cars off the roads during the August Olympics, freeing up traffic and clearing the air. When the new post-Olympic traffic restrictions were introduced in the capital on Monday, up to 800,000 cars were taken off the road, but many junctions were still congested at peak hours.


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