By on May 29, 2014

China Air Pollution

In its ongoing effort to clear the air in its major cities, the Chinese government has plans to throw 5.33 million non-compliant vehicles into the crusher by the end of 2014.

Reuters reports the vehicles targeted are those in possession of yellow label stickers. The marked vehicles are restricted in where they can travel due to their failure to meet current fuel standards. In Beijing, 330,000 such vehicles are still on the road, while the surrounding province of Hebei — which holds seven of China’s most smoggy cities — will have 660,000 yellow label vehicles to scrap.

Though previous compliance programs offered those who volunteered to scrap their cars between $400 and $2,300 in subsidies, none have covered yellow label vehicles as far as compensation is concerned, and no word has been given on how owners of said vehicles will be compensated, if at all. Officials also state enforcement of the rules is lacking at best, and owners have found ways to go around the restrictions.

The new policy also includes plans to close coal-fired heating systems, as well as installation of anti-pollution equipment at power plants, steel mills and cement factories.

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15 Comments on “China To Scrap 5.33M Non-Compliant Vehicles In 2014 To Improve Air Quality...”


  • avatar

    No congressional hearings.
    No parliament hearings.
    No bickering between Fox and MSNBC.
    No insults of the leaders.

    When they want to ACCOMPLISH something, they DO.

    Whether it’s building high speed rail, taking America’s factory jobs or running a $300 Billion Dollar trade disparity with us…

    They’ll have 100% EV or Autonomous cars or both long before America will.

    The sound of 6.4-L HEMI isn’t just “vroom”…it’s the sound of FREEDOM.

    • 0 avatar
      philadlj

      They “have plans” to do this. Not to say they won’t get it done, but they haven’t actually DONE it yet, so I’m going to hold off on immediate congratulations.

      I feel like the NON-automotive parts of this new policy (coal-fired heating systems, anti-pollution equipment at power plants, steel mills and cement factories) will make a MUCH bigger difference in air quality than removing a few hundred thousand non-compliant cars from the roads.

      A lot of that thick soup they call air contains COAL dust in large, life-threatening quantities. The cars don’t run on coal…the COUNTRY does.

    • 0 avatar
      Hillman

      The government might be able to accomplish a lot but I would not trade the American freedoms for that.

    • 0 avatar
      danio3834

      Hobbesian utopia via tyranny. Admirable, isn’t it?

    • 0 avatar
      daveainchina

      China is a much different place than you think. The central government says and the provinces ‘might’ do it.

      Usually when Chinese people see a law preventing them from doing something, they shrug their shoulders and either find a way around the law or just ignore it completely.

      As for the cars they aren’t the biggest issue. I suspect the millions of 2cycle scooters is a much much larger issue. But since those are primarily in the hands of the peasants you won’t see a huge change.

  • avatar
    Big Al from Oz

    I posted a link the other day.

    The site has a map of the globe or regions (if you want). It has the readings of pollution at different locations.

    China is a mess and it really needs to something urgently.

    This map is ‘live’ and is updated regularly. Use it to compare other regions around the world.

    http://aqicn.org/map/world/

  • avatar
    GiddyHitch

    The ubiquitous blue trucks seem to be the worst offenders in this case and I hope that they are the focus of this initiative because the air quality in Shanghai (and even more so in Beijing from what I’ve read) is getting worse every year. On the flip side, Shenzhen has drastically improved in the past six years in my experience.

  • avatar
    Jeff S

    Who can blame China for having a program like this with their pollution. China has to do something.

    • 0 avatar
      Lou_BC

      @Jeff S – part of the reason China has prospered is due to Western and Old World companies offshoring to avoid the costs of producing morally sound products i.e. products that provide workers with fair wages, safe work environments, and reduce the impact to the environment.
      I’ve said the very same thing on the other site we both frequent and the mouth breathing knuckle draggers broke out the tried and true liberal accusations or America hater accusations.
      I’ve also said before that as China becomes more affluent and the middle class grows in size and power, China will have no choice but to self regulate.

      Hmmmmmmmmm…looks like that is starting to happen.

  • avatar
    Hummer

    Biggest thing about this and every other countries laws(to me), is no matter what classic American vehicles always end up on the losing side. Some European countries don’t allow salvaged vehicles to go back onto the road, while a simple fender bender can be what causes the total for older cars.

  • avatar
    thelaine

    The government hasn’t accomplished sht. To the extent they have allowed freedom, the people have gained prosperity. The government has never cleaned up pollution. They just announce things and then take bribes.

  • avatar
    Boxerman

    If its a serious goal, then they will cleam up the air. Maybe its not a democracy, but that does not mean the goverment is not sensitive to the feelings of the populace. The NO1 social and health issue there is air pollution. Clean the air, couple that with growing properity and the majority of peopel wont have an issue with gov.

    The Chinese are very pragmatic, the gov knows that to stay in power, to have peace iont he land, there needs to be economic growth and now cleansing of air and corruption. It looks like thta is the way they are heading, and asa more propserous nation they can now affoird soem cleaner air programs.

    BTW what hapopens in other countries liek europe or the USA where you car fails emissions tests, it also has yto go off the road, and you dont get compensated a penny.

    • 0 avatar
      thelaine

      They may clean the air, but corruption cannot be meaningfully addressed in a system like China’s.

      • 0 avatar
        Lou_BC

        @thelaine – “They may clean the air, but corruption cannot be meaningfully addressed in a system like China‚Äôs.”

        In your statement one can replace the word China with the name of many other countries…………. including the acronym “USA”.


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