Tianjin becomes latest Chinese city to restrict car ownership
SHANGHAI (REUTERS) - China's northern city of Tianjin will restrict issuance of new car licences, the latest city to clamp down on car ownership in a bid to ease traffic congestion and combat air pollution.
The city government will issue new plates via auction and lottery from Monday, it said in a notice posted on its website on Sunday.
It will also introduce a quota system similar to Beijing's traffic restriction scheme, which allows cars access to the city on certain days depending on the last digit of their plates, the official Xinhua news agency quoted Miao Hongwei, head of the city's traffic management bureau, as saying.
The capital Beijing, infamous for its choking smog, announced last month it will slash the city's new car sales quota by almost 40 percent next year.