In a recent article published on, authors Samuel Shen and Adam Jourdan report that Beijing, the capital of China, will slash the new car sales quota in the city by almost 40 percent next year, to curb emissions from vehicles and reduce air pollution in the city.

The authors report that “over the next four years, Beijing will issue 150,000 new license plates annually, down from 240,000 each year now, according to the city government's website. Car buyers must put on plates before they are allowed to drive on Chinese roads.”

“That means Beijing's new passenger vehicles sales during the 2014-2017 period will be capped at 600,000 units, few than the city's vehicle sales in 2010 alone.”

“In addition, the government will allot a higher proportion of license plates every year to buyers of new-energy vehicles that need lower amounts of gasoline or use alternative energy. The number of plates for such vehicles will triple from 20,000 in 2014, to 60,000 in 2017, accounting for 40 percent of that year's total plate quota.”

“New car sales are currently restricted in four Chinese cities - Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Guiyang - where car buyers bid for license plates through auctions and lotteries. China plans to restrict vehicle sales in eight more cities, the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers said in July, a policy trend that has already led carmakers such as General Motors Co and Volkswagen AG to put more resources into China's smaller, less-crowded lower-tier cities.”


Article: “Beijing slashes car sales quota in anti-pollution drive”, by Samuel Shen and Adam Jourdan, published on November 5, 2013, on