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City plate auction set to continue

SHANGHAI has no plans to scrap its car plate auction and follow Beijing's example and run a free lot-drawing allocation process, the city government traffic planning think tank said yesterday.

The city will continue to limit car numbers on local streets through plate auctions, said Zhu Hong, chief engineer of Shanghai City Comprehensive Traffic Planning Institution.

"Different cities can have different measures to ease urban traffic problems," said Zhu. "And the car plate policy in Shanghai has proved effective in managing city automobile growth."

Shanghai will continue to prioritize developing public transport to help reduce road congestion.

"By upgrading facilities and services, Shanghai aims to persuade more people to give up driving and use public transport instead, especially in downtown areas," Zhu said.

This will see Metro services and networks extended and upgraded in the coming years and transit buses become more efficient.

"The 112 kilometers of lanes designed for transit buses only and completed for the World Expo will be improved," Zhu said.

More bus routes and stations will be set up, extending services, especially into the suburbs, he added.

The existing traffic control practice in Beijing under which all cars are banned from the streets one day a week, based on their license plate numbers, is unlikely to be adopted by Shanghai soon, the traffic planning expert said.

However, this is among back-up options for exceptional circumstances.


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