Beijing's traffic problems are growing worse. Now the Beijing municipal authorities have decided to bring in their toughest set of policies yet to tackle the city's notorious congestion.
The central idea is to remove millions of private cars from the roads and modernizing the public transportation network to allow it to service more commuters. The problem is that car owners, despite the traffic jams, love the sense of freedom of driving a car.
There is a 5,000-word plan which has been posted online to solicit public opinion.
Shao Chunfu, professor of urban transportation research at Beijing Jiaotong University, doubts whether a congestion charge would work in Beijing.
English People's Daily Online quoted Shao as saying, "Beijing's public transportation system is already overcrowded. It can't take all the commuters who would abandon cars and opt to use public transport."