By on June 19, 2013

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.

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6 Comments on “More Chinese Cities To Limit Car Growth...”

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    schmitt trigger

    Worse pollution than Beijing? WOW!

    But Automobiles are not the ONLY culprit…Chinese utilities and industry burns a lot of coal. And as a country you don’t become the world’s largest steelmaker -by a wide margin- without the accompanying pollution.

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    There’s a serious issue with pollution in China as a whole, needless to say. Frankly they need to adopt some of the public transportation initiatives and bike-to-work promotion that is going on in this country (you know, like they used to do until their economy caught fire). And yeah, something about their industrial pollution, especially.

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      Industrial pollution is likely a bigger contributor than automotive.

      China really needs to get a grasp on their environmental issues, but at the same time they know that this would be a serious impediment to growth.

      Does anyone have any statistics or data on the relative competitive advantage for Chinese production and where it is trending? I ask because I have two clients who recently returned production to North America (one factory in Mexico, one in the US) after a ten year stint manufacturing in China. The competitive advantage had shrunk to a point where it wasn’t worth the hassle.

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    Free public transit would be a nice start to cleaning up this mess.

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    here is an idea. why not arrange for all the perpetually-disgruntled right-wingers from our country to ‘self-relocate’ themselves to china, where air quality environmental conditions seem to be so much more to their professed liking?

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    If Los Angeles can control air pollution, any city can.

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