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Center for private cars, drivers opened
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11:21, April 14, 2008

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Private car owners in Beijing are expected to enjoy better training and services at China's first administration center for private automobiles established in the capital over the weekend.

The center, directly under the municipal traffic management bureau, will brief car owners on traffic-related government policies and help them improve driving skills and deal with automobile-related problems, China Daily reported.

"It will help develop a mechanism to better manage and serve the soaring number of private car owners in the capital," director of the municipal traffic management bureau Song Jianguo was quoted as saying.

Official figures show the number of private vehicles on Beijing's roads is now 2.46 million, accounting for 76 percent of the city's total. The number is growing by an average of 1,350 a day, while the number of new drivers grows by 1,240 daily.

Song said the rapid increase of private automobiles and drivers has caused more traffic jams and accidents, but no effective measure is in place to manage the situation.

The new center is also expected to help create a sound traffic environment during the upcoming Olympic Games.

Traffic management sub-bureaus among the city's districts and counties, in addition to 12 private car clubs, will also open branches of the center.

"Such a center provides a communication platform between the government and private vehicle owners," Chen Dongsheng, director of one of the car clubs, was quoted as saying. "It's also a good way to combine the resources and advantages of the government departments and the private clubs," he said.

Source: Xinhua

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