Beijing suffers as “love affair” with cars grows

The number of new vehicles registered in Beijing hit a new record in the first 18 days of 2007, Xinhua news agency reports on Monday, as the city struggles to cope with worsening traffic jams ahead of the 2008 Olympics.
More than 22,000 vehicles — which under China’s statistics system includes everything from private cars to trucks — were registered. An estimated three million will be on the roads by May, the official news agency said.

"The Chinese love affair with car ownership continues unabated," the report said.
The Chinese capital already boasts more than two million privately owned vehicles and 4.24 million people have a driving licence, it added. The city has a population of around 15 million.

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