seen during evening traffic along a major thoroughfare in Beijing
October 18, 2006. [Reuters]
More than half the government cars in Beijing will be banned from
streets between November 1 and 6 to ensure traffic flows smoothly during
the four-day China-Africa Co-operation
Schedules for work units, schools and department stores will also be
adjusted to avoid flooding the roads, authorities said Wednesday in a
Addressing the importance of road safety during the summit, the traffic watchdog said that
African leaders would be staying in several hotels throughout in the city,
and may need to travel long distances for some activities.
Specifically, the plan stipulates that half of the vehicles owned by
work units of the State and Party institutions, or military forces and
their affiliated enterprises,
will be banned from the streets during those six days.
Also banned will be 80 per cent of government vehicles from every
suburb and county in Beijing Municipality, and from the Beijing offices of
every other province and municipality.
For privately-owned and company cars, drivers are recommended to avoid
major routes likely to be used by foreign guests during the summit.
Those routes include Chang'an Avenue, the east and west second ring
roads, and the airport expressway.
Taxis without passengers are strictly banned from entering Chang'an
Avenue, the east and west Second Ring Roads, Sanlihe Street, the roads to
the east and west of Tian'anmen Square, and the road to the west of the
Great Hall of the People.
All drivers are also encouraged to avoid the main airport expressway,
instead using the northern road that also links the airport to the