Beijing car license applications add 114,000 in February

15:49, February 10, 2011      

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By the end of February 8 in 2011, Beijing's personal car license applications added 114,000 for the second round's car number plate lottery which will come later this month.

It is reported that the total number of applicants for the second license-plate lottery to be held in the city will amount to 306,865. The application process expired at midnight Tuesday.

Among them were 169,820 left-over applicants who failed to win the first lottery, held in January. They were automatically placed in the drawing this month.

The 137,045 new applicants will have to pass a qualification test. The results will be released on Feb 25, the day before the second lottery.

If they all pass, only one in some 20 applicants will have a chance of buying a new car. Beijing this year began to use a lottery system to distribute a monthly quota of 17,600 new license plates to individual car owners in the hopes of reducing traffic gridlock.

The chances of winning a car plate have dimmed since January, when 210,000 drivers filed applications and 187,420 eventually qualified to take part in the drawing. The chances of winning then were about one in 11.

The news of the large number of applicants was difficult for some to take.

To combat gridlock, Beijing decided to grant only 240,000 new license plates for the year - one-third of the total issued in 2010. Individual car buyers will receive 17,600 plates a month, which will amount to 88 percent of the total plates available over the course of the year. Commercial drivers will get 2 percent of the total and businesses and government bodies will get 10 percent.

The Beijing's new traffic measures stipulate that a driver may only register one car. Businesses can apply once every two months, according to the website.

By Zhang Qian, People's Daily Online


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