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http://www.bbc.co.uk...acific-12072845

New rules have taken effect in China that restrict car purchases in an effort to combat serious traffic problems in the capital, Beijing.

City authorities will allow only 240,000 vehicles to be registered for 2011 - one-third of this year's total.

Car buyers have been swamping dealers in anticipation of the new rules, which will still leave about five million cars on the road in the capital.

Traffic and air pollution in Beijing is among the worst in the world.

Beijing officials are trying to balance the desire of a growing middle class to have the convenience and status of car ownership, with a huge congestion problem.

Officials said the new rules would not solve the full extent of the city's problems, only slow the down the rate at which they are worsening.

So we've been busy trying to stimulate demand with scrappage schemes and they're doing the opposite.

So much for China rebalancing their economy from mercantilism to buying western exports.

Just as China becomes Mercedes largest export market.

Edited by Red Karma

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I don't know if it's still the case, but until recently Beijing by-laws prohibited any diesel-powered private cars within the city. 25 years ago that might have been sensible, but with clean, efficient modern diesels the rule has become counter-productive.

Other cities outside China have restrictions on car ownership. In some parts of Tokyo, for instance, before you can own a car you have to prove to the city authorities that you have somewhere off-road to park it. This is why Japanese car makers include tiny 'proper' cars in their home-market ranges.

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I don't know if it's still the case, but until recently Beijing by-laws prohibited any diesel-powered private cars within the city. 25 years ago that might have been sensible, but with clean, efficient modern diesels the rule has become counter-productive.

Other cities outside China have restrictions on car ownership. In some parts of Tokyo, for instance, before you can own a car you have to prove to the city authorities that you have somewhere off-road to park it. This is why Japanese car makers include tiny 'proper' cars in their home-market ranges.

There's actually a car park market akin to the housing one in Tokyo - you can rent or buy a spot and it also involves having to give a gift (ie, cash) to the owner, as per houses. Top spots could rent for 200 Quid a month! Tokyo is not one of the places I would like to drive - very narrow streets in a lot of places and car parks, when you can find them, can have as few as three spaces!

Having said all that, the local trains are fantastic - half the price of the London Underground for a much more efficient system. Great, great city to cycle around too. If they let you take the bikes on the trains, that would be fantastic but they don't.

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So we've been busy trying to stimulate demand with scrappage schemes and they're doing the opposite.

So much for China rebalancing their economy from mercantilism to buying western exports.

It's hardly China's fault they don't have room for the products we are offering! Plus we keep telling them they have to address their use of carbon based fuels.

Strikes me want to have our cake, eat it, then blame China.

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I don't know if it's still the case, but until recently Beijing by-laws prohibited any diesel-powered private cars within the city. 25 years ago that might have been sensible, but with clean, efficient modern diesels the rule has become counter-productive.

Other cities outside China have restrictions on car ownership. In some parts of Tokyo, for instance, before you can own a car you have to prove to the city authorities that you have somewhere off-road to park it. This is why Japanese car makers include tiny 'proper' cars in their home-market ranges.

Yep Kei cars they are almost universally 600cc turbo cars which are tiny, the daihatsu Copen is absolutely awesome. 660cc with a massive turbo on it.Weighs 550kilos! Shame the insurance is insane though!

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It's hardly China's fault they don't have room for the products we are offering! Plus we keep telling them they have to address their use of carbon based fuels.

Strikes me want to have our cake, eat it, then blame China.

Totally agree. All that stuff that China makes because we want it, buy it and use it - that's their carbon emissions, not ours.

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