Low-use drivers offered incentive
2013-December-3 Source: Szdaily web edition
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Police officers distribute green-commuting stickers to a driver at a promotional event Sunday on the public square at Children’s Palace, marking National Traffic Safety Day. Sun Yuchen

Car owners who don’t drive for more than 30 consecutive days will be able to extend their insurance’s validity for a month or more next year, Shenzhen traffic police said.

The maximum extension could be up to 90 days, according to police, who held an event promoting green commuting Sunday on the public square at Children’s Palace to observe National Traffic Safety Day.

The agreement reached between Shenzhen police and insurers will allow car owners who suspend driving for 30 days or more to get a free extension of at least a month during the insurance period between May 1, 2014, and April 30, 2015.

Police said about 630,000 car owners have applied for driving suspensions since police launched the green-commuting promotion in March 2012.

The suspensions can save fuel worth 1 billion yuan (US$163 million) a year and reduce emissions by 1,100 tons of nitrogen oxide and 6,500 tons of carbon dioxide, police said.

Car owners can apply for verification of driving suspension by calling 0755-2222-2000, visiting www.stc.gov.cn, or inquiring at a police service counter.

In other air quality improvement efforts, Shenzhen transportation officials will ban yellow-label vehicles — high-polluting vehicles that fail to meet emission standards — in Nanshan, Luohu, Futian and Yantian districts between Jan. 1 and June 30 next year. During that period, yellow-label vehicles in other districts and new areas will be restricted between 7:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. on alternating days, according to whether their license plate bears an odd or even number.

Government vehicles and those used by State-owned companies have to stay off the road for one day each week in Shenzhen, as required by 17 Central Government agencies — led by the National Development and Reform Commission and the Ministry of Finance — in a nationwide campaign to conserve energy and curb pollution that began last February.

Government officials said Shenzhen stopped the use of 24,000 official vehicles, or 84 percent of the city government’s total fleet, on the opening day of the Universiade event in the summer of 2011. That indicates Shenzhen’s government could have about 28,500 official vehicles, although the exact number is unknown.

The new restrictions should stop the use of at least 4,000 official vehicles per day in the city.

Separately, traffic on the city’s 10 major roads — including Shennan, Binhe and Beihuan, among others — has maintained an average daily speed of 46 kilometers per hour despite extensive work on Metro projects over the past year, police said.

Editor: 张斯
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