A report by the Beijing Times informs that city authorities are looking into ways to prevent the "ten most serious traffic violations" and building parking spaces is specifically aimed at reducing illegal parking. Drunk driving and driving without a license are two other major traffic violations in Beijing, the aforementioned source noted.
Authorities will thus trying to establish tougher penalties for those who park in illegal spaces and block entrances to hospitals, schools or other important facilities.
Beijing announced in December 2010 that only 240,000 license plates will be issued in 2011 in an attempt to compress new car sales by 70 percent. Of course, carmakers rushed to express their concerns, emphasizing that the local auto sector will be seriously affected if this law comes into effect.
“Definitely this will impact our sales in Beijing next year, But it's hard to say what percentage will be affected specifically. In fact, what worries me more is that other cities will follow Beijing's lead to issue such regulations, and that will have a bigger impact,” said Chery spokesman Jin Yibo, in December last year.