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Beijing Plates Harder to Win Roulette Spur Loopholes:

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In which has been auctioning plates since 1986, bids hit a record 90,000 this year, enough to buy a new Santana sedan, according to website Close

the money was once the big obstacle to ownership in China. Now it’s the right license plates.

To congestion in the biggest cities, are trying to cap the number of vehicles. In residents have a better of winning at roulette than in the monthly lottery for new auto In Shanghai. buying a set of plates in the auction system can mean more than on the car itself.

wonder then that motorists are finding ways the rules. An entire industry has up to help them, from that register cars in towns, to brokers of surplus to thieves and counterfeiters of plates.

“We can’t do business without a car in a huge city,” Beijing-based importer Jason Chi said, that after two years of at the lottery he registered his Buick for 100 yuan ($16) about an drive away in Langfang, province. Applying twice a for permission — — restrictions — to drive in is a worthwhile hassle, he said. other choice do I have?”

regional patchwork of vehicle rules mean loopholes big to drive 1.5 million cars That’s the estimated number of in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou are registered elsewhere, according to JSC Consulting. The problem will grow as more cities quotas in a country where car is only about 1/14th of levels.

“Policy makers they cannot kill the for cars,” said Lin Huaibin, a analyst at auto researcher IHS “If people really want to buy a these policies won’t in their way.”

Quotas Coming

Annual in the world’s biggest auto may reach 30 million by the end of the decade, about 20 million this China Association of Automobile says. Shenzhen, Chengdu and are among eight cities quotas to tackle congestion, the says. As well as Beijing, and Guangzhou, Guiyang, capital of province, already has the curbs.

in 2010 announced a cap of 240,000 new a year, parceled out in monthly after the city was voted as the world’s most painful in a global poll by International Machines Corp. Fewer one in 80 applicants were successful in the draw, compared with the odds they’d get on a single-number playing roulette in Las Vegas .

Even taking into multiple family members part to stack the odds in a driver’s favor, the demand how for many Chinese urbanites the of sitting out a tailback inside own air-conditioned bubble is preferable to and inadequate public transport.


In Shanghai, which has auctioning license plates 1986, winning bids hit a 90,000 yuan this enough to buy a new Volkswagen Santana according to car-pricing website

Jiang Ruming said he to drive about 900 kilometers miles) to register his Volkswagen in Yichun, Jiangxi province, his parents own property.

“It’s not about the money,” said 35. “The auction system right as it’s the government my own property.”

For 3,800 yuan. Car Service in Shanghai will an appointment and prepare documents for to register about 1,000 away in Hubei province. For yuan, the agency will the entire process in nearby province, according to its website. hand over the keys.

Restricted Driving

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There are to out-of-town plates. Non-Shanghai cars are barred from freeways. In Beijing, drivers get temporary permits for either days or six months, and then use inner city roads peak hours.

Car owners are in a race to outmaneuver regulators.

The city of Foshan asks for of residence to register there neighboring Guangzhou last said it would half the of new licenses this year. flocked to Foshan, with as as 50 percent of sales coming Guangzhou residents, Liang a manager at a Shanghai Volkswagen Co. dealership, said in an interview in Business returned to normal the new rule, he said.

Beijing residents will no longer be allowed the six-month for out-of-town cars, according to the traffic management bureau. may tempt more drivers illegal or gray areas.


A Land Rover was jailed for 15 days and fined in 2011 for using forged plates, according to the traffic website. Some dealerships out unneeded plates belonging to individuals or companies, which are non-transferable.

Laura Zhang, a interior designer, found her own way to the hassle of car owning in Shanghai: She had to take a day off work last to make the six-hour round to register her auto in neighboring province. Now she rides Hong ’s subway to work each

“Public transportation here is said Zhang, who sold her Focus in June. “You really need a car.”

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