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(China Daily)

09:04, August 28, 2012

The limits on vehicle registration have come in response to the rapid increase seen in the number of cars on Guangzhou's roads in recent years, said Xian, who is also deputy chairman of the Guangzhou Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference.

Xian said his commission plans to put a priority on "green" public transport systems by increasing the number of buses that run in the city and further improving Guanghzhou's subway services in the coming months.

Heavy traffic is hampering the economy's growth, worsening air pollution and frustrating many drivers in Guangzhou.

Congested traffic has reduced the average driving speed to less than 20 kilometer1s per hour on more than 27 percent of the city's chief roads and streets.

According to data from the city's traffic police department, more than 2.5 million registered cars were traveling Guangzhou's streets by the end of June. The city is home to about 16 million people.

Guangzhou has become the fourth city on the Chinese mainland to place limits on car registrations, following Beijing, Shanghai and Guiyang, Guizhou province, in that regard.

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