5 cities begin issuing special license plates for new energy vehicles
2016-12-02 15:13:00
5 cities begin issuing special license plates for new energy vehicles

An employee of the Jinan vehicle administration department installs a plate on an electric car in Jinan, Shandong province, Dec 1, 2016. [Photo for China Daily]

China began a pilot program to issue special license plates for new energy vehicles in five cities on Thursday, in an effort to promote such vehicles and relieve pressure on energy use and the environment.

In addition to Shanghai, the eastern cities of Nanjing and Wuxi, Jiangsu province, and Jinan, Shandong province, as well as the southern city of Shenzhen, Guangdong province, have been chosen as pilot regions where people can apply for license plates exclusively for their new energy vehicles.

For those who apply beginning Thursday, new plates will be issued, while owners of already registered new energy vehicles can decide whether to replace their plates, according to the Ministry of Public Security.

Different from the traditional blue license plates, the new ones are green and 40mm wider than conventional plates. The special plates have an additional digit.

For new registrations, car owners can choose a plate number from among 50 available at vehicle management registration sites. Or they can choose at www.122.gov.cn or via the smartphone app Jiaoguan 12123, both of which give them the chance to pick a number they prefer or from random numbers, the ministry said.

Plate replacement for those who previously registered a vehicle can only be done online at www.122.gov.cn or via the smartphone app, the ministry said.

Source:China Daily Editor:Hiram