China’s car restrictions are spreading to the provinces. I always thought Beijing is one of China’s most polluted cities, but no, says the Wall Street Journal, Shijiazhuang is. And it is putting a stop to willy-nilly car buying.
The capital of steel-producing Hebei province surrounding Beijing, “will restrict the number of new vehicles to 100,000 this year and limit households to owning two cars,” the Journal says. If you want a new car, you must win the license plate lottery, just like in Beijing.
Beijingers view this with worry. They used to stash the cars Beijing does not want in the neighboring Hebei province.
After Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Guiyang set limits to new cars, the malady appears to be spreading to the sticks. Last week, Zhejiang province south of Shanghai proposed to allow its cities to limit the number of new vehicles.