2011 car license plate applications hits 100,000 in Beijing

08:20, January 06, 2011      

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The website where Beijing residents can apply to purchase a car had received more than 100,000 online submissions as of Jan. 4, according to the capital's transport authorities.

Related authorities said the number exceeded expectations. The city has adopted measures restricting car license plate issuances to ease traffic. Applicants are competing for the first 20,000 plates to be issued through a lottery system in January.

Beijing had decided this year to issue only 240,000 new license plates to ease gridlock. That is one-third of 2010's total. Individual automobile buyers will receive a monthly average of 88 percent, or 17,600, of the plates.

The new measures stipulate a driver may only register one car.

Eligible individuals include local residency permit (hukou) holders and foreigners who have lived in the city for at least a year. Residents without a Beijing hukou must provide proof they have paid social security fees and income taxes for five consecutive years.

Anyone who provides false information will be banned from applying for three years and must assume legal responsibility, according to the application website.

Upon submitting their applications, candidates receive a code, and their qualifications will be examined. Qualification results will be released on Jan. 25, the day before the lottery. Individuals can also apply at transport departments' application offices starting on Jan. 4.

Residents can apply anytime before midnight on Jan. 8.

Beijing authorities announced on Dec. 23 that any car sold after that date would not be granted a license plate until Jan. 1, which is when car buyers could apply for registration.

Individuals can apply once a month. Those who do not win the lottery will automatically be included in the following month's draw, according to the measures.

As for the remaining 12 percent of the quota, 2 percent will be available for commercial use, while 10 percent will go to companies and government institutions. Enterprises can apply once every two months, according to the rules. Lottery winners may not transfer their registration rights to others.

At the same time, Beijing is preparing to build an information platform. From now on, purchasing cars from the online application will be aided by a mass text messaging service to the applicants, who can also check the related information from information platform.

By Zhang Qian, People's Daily Online


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