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Cover Stories Series 2011> Spreading the Traffic Jam> Video
UPDATED: January 7, 2011
New Traffic Rules for Outside Vehicles in Beijing


Staying with Beijing's traffic control policy, new regulations came into effect that will restrict non-Beijing vehicles from entering the city's Fifth Ring Road during peak hours. The Beijing Municipal Government hopes the measures will help ease the city's traffic congestion.

This is Bailu tollbooth on the Beijing-Harbin express way, the only road link between Northeast China and Beijing.

On Tuesday morning, traffic police set up a checkpoint, preventing motorists from coming into Beijing during peak hours.

They also sent a notice to every motorist, informing them of the new traffic control policy on non-Beijing registered cars.

Vehicles outside the capital are not allowed to come inside the city's Fifth Ring Road between 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Meanwhile, outside vehicles coming into the city center at other times have to get a special license and follow Beijing's traffic control regulations.

"Tuesday is the first day to carry out the policy. Most motorists know the new policy. But some escape our check, and it's dangerous because it can cause traffic accidents," said Qin Zhi, police officer of Chaoyang District.

Not far from the high speed highway is an area where motorists can park their cars while waiting for the appropriate time to enter the city center.

"It's OK with me to wait for some time here. I can travel faster when driving outside the peak hour. I am happy to do something helping ease the traffic congestion in Beijing," a motorist said.

Inside, motorists from other provinces can apply for the Beijing Entry License. The whole process is easy and takes just a few minutes.

Government authorities are encouraging motorists to come to Beijing by train or by bus to ease congestion.

"We suggest motorists to have a deeper knowledge of the traffic control policy, in this way, it can avoid wasting their time," said police officer Lin Jinchang.

Many believe after the new traffic control policy goes into full forces, Beijing's traffic will see great improvements.

(CNTV.cn January 5, 2011)

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