Beijing to Ban Quarter Million Cars, Trucks

Highly-polluting 'yellow-label' vehicles will be fined if caught traveling inside Fifth Ring Road.

Published: 06-Jan-2009

Chinese media reported on Thursday that Beijing officials will soon begin taking more than a quarter of a million cars off the road.

In an effort to ease traffic congestion and heavy pollution, Beijing is banning high-polluting cars from the roads at least one day a week. Drivers of these particular vehicles, which are known as “yellow-label” vehicles, will be fined about $15 if they're caught driving within the city's Fifth Ring Road, which is just outside Beijing.

The plan is expected to take about ten percent of the city's cars off the highway.

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