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Beijing to tackle traffic jams in 2011 by limiting car sales

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The city government of Beijing will restrict the sale of automobiles starting January 1 in a bid to tackle the chronic road congestion in the Chinese capital.

The city government of Beijing will restrict the sale of automobiles starting January 1 in a bid to tackle the chronic road congestion in the Chinese capital.

Only 20,000 cars will be allowed for sale per month in Beijing in 2011, Zhou Zhengyu, spokesman for the city's administration said at a news conference. This way, only 240,000 new cars will appear on the roads in Beijing next year, compared with about 720,000 in 2010.

The government will set car registration quotas, which will be divided between residents and organizations. It is expected that 88 percent of the registrations will be allocated to the general public.

BEIJING, December 23 (RIA Novosti)

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