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Beijing Plans Congestion Charge In Transport Plan

by Mary Swire, Tax-News.com, Hong Kong

23 August 2012


The Beijing Municipal Development and Reform Commission has divulged its proposals to combat the growth of vehicular use in the city, partly through the use of a congestion charge.

Its five-year plan from 2011 to 2015, covering the same period as China’s overall 12th National Plan, aims to reduce the incidence of long traffic jams in the capital city. It is expected that the growth of Beijing’s population will entail an increase in the use and total number of vehicles that cannot only be combatted by improvements to transport infrastructure.

Therefore, while the municipal government will, for example, accelerate an expansion to the metro network, encourage the use of bicycles for short journeys to work, and continue to limit car registrations and the use of vehicles on certain days, it is also formulating plans to impose a road congestion charge system on the city.

While no further details were given as to the level of the charges or when they would be introduced, it is foreseen that it would not only encourage an improvement to congestion levels, but would also provide some funding for the expected RMB363.5bn (USD57.2bn) cost of the plan’s infrastructural investments, through a transport development special fund.

Beijing’s objectives are to reduce motor vehicle carbon emissions by 10% during the life of its plan, compared with 2010, the last year of the previous five-year plan. It is targeting a 50% use of public transport to the city centre, with an 18% use of bicycles and only a 25% use of cars.

TAGS: environment | tax | economics | fiscal policy | vehicle tax | China

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