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.