Shenzhen could reduce 21.6 tons of carbon dioxide emissions per day once a national rule takes effect to ban official vehicles from using roads for one day a week, an official with the Shenzhen Municipal Development and Reform Commission (SDRC) said Tuesday.
Government vehicles and those used by State-owned companies will have to stay off the road for one day each week in a new nationwide campaign to conserve energy and curb pollution. The day when vehicles will remain parked will be determined by the last digit on their license plates, according to a rule stipulated by 17 ministries and agencies led by the National Development and Reform Commission and the Ministry of Finance. Public servants will be encouraged to walk if their journey is less than one kilometer, ride bicycles for journeys up to 3 kilometers and use public transport for longer trips.
It is unknown when the rules will take effect.
The exact number of official vehicles in Shenzhen is not known. According to a government release, Shenzhen halted 24,000 official vehicles, accounting for 84 percent of the total, on the day of the opening ceremony of the Universiade last year. Therefore, the city is thought to have at least 28,500 official cars.
Under the restrictions, at least 4,000 official vehicles will be halted per day in the city.
An SDRC official surnamed Huang said yesterday they had not yet received the notice from higher authorities.
(By Han Ximin)