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Subsidy plan to clear up dirty old cars

SHANGHAI will subsidize people who get rid of heavily polluting cars and trucks and buy more environmentally-friendly vehicles in a bid to clean up the city air and boost the local economy.

It is part of a series of government measures to improve the environment for the Shanghai 2010 World Expo, officials said today.

From tomorrow until April 30 next year, people who trade in vehicles rated at national level I emission standard or below for those meeting national IV standard will be eligible for am average subsidy of 5,000 yuan (US$733.1).

The subsidy will vary according to the size of the vehicles and their age. Vehicles must have been registered before the end of 2002 and people who apply for the subsidy must pay any taxes due.

If a small passenger car was registered before 1998, the owner of the car can get 4,500 yuan if he or she buys a new car that meets the national IV standard, the equivalent of the second-highest level in Europe. The subsidy rises to 5,000 yuan if the car was registered between 1999 and 2000 and to 5,500 yuan for a car registered between 2001 and 2002.

People can go to the official Website of the city government ( or call hotline 12369 for more detailed information.

City officials expect the plan will help get 50,000 old and polluting vehicles off the roads by April next year, reducing emissions by 8 percent and boosting spending on vehicles by 7 billion yuan.

"We hope this incentive will accelerate the pace of the upgrading of polluting vehicles and raise people's awareness of environment protection," said Zhang Xinsheng, vice chairman of the Shanghai Commerce Commission.

He noted the measure was in line with the extended ban on heavily polluting vehicles.

Earlier last week Shanghai announced it would expand the ban on cars and trucks which do not meet the national level I emission standard. These vehicles will no longer be allowed within the Middle Ring Road from tomorrow. They are banned within the Inner Ring Road between 7am and 8pm at the moment.

There are about 334,000 vehicles, including those which only just pass the nation's lowest emission standards and those that don't even meet it, in the city. They account for 24 percent of local cars and trucks but generate more than 60 percent of all vehicular emissions.

How to apply for the subsidy:
People must collect documents which prove the registration date of their vehicle, the model number, and a certificate from the car dealer that proves the new vehicle meets the national IV emission standard. Then they can choose from six centers to collect the subsidy.
The six centers include five second-hand car markets and one service center.
1) No 1,000 Moyu Road S, Jiading District
2) No 2,907 Zhongshan Road N, Putuo District
3) No 5 Jinian Road, Yangpu District
4) No 1,441 Yuqiao Road, Pudong New Area
5) No 459 First Fute Road W, Waigaoqiao Free Trade Zone, Pudong New Area
6) No 2,016 Yishan Road, Xuhui District


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