Beijing, Shanghai tackle auto exhaust
Skyrocketing vehicular pollution and congestion have prompted Beijing and Shanghai to adopt sweeping measures designed to tackle both problems.
Beijing’s Clean Air Action Plan, spanning 2013 to 2017, aims to reduce vehicle fuel consumption in 2017 by five percent compared to 2012 levels and limit autos on its roads to less than 6 million. The plan also would impose tougher vehicle emission standards and fast-track public transit projects.
Shanghai, which already limits new cars on its streets, is weighing a “congestion tax” that would charge drivers to enter the city, with rates highest in peak hours. The idea, pioneered by Singapore in the 1970s, would be a first for China. Like Beijing, Shanghai also would require stricter emissions criteria.