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Winning probability in Beijing's license plate lottery hits all-time low
   2016-12-26 16:47:53    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Meng Xue

The chart shows the probability of winning Beijing's 2016 license plate lottery. [Photo: China Plus]

The probability of successfully registering a new car through Beijing's license plate lottery system has reached an all-time low of 1 in 783.

The city is offering the last batch of 13,635 plates for individual car owners and 900 for corporations for the year on Monday, December 26, with the possibility of winning the lottery falling to 0.1277%.

Official statistics show that 2,742,544 individuals and 77,693 companies had pending applications by December 8.

As Beijing has a separate lottery system for new energy vehicles, the city's transport regulators are also allotting 19,987 license plates for new energy cars for individuals and 2,970 ones for corporations on December 26.

So far, 17,339 applications have been submitted for license plate lottery drawing for new energy vehicles for 2017, which accounts for about one third of the total number of plates being offered next year.

By May of this year, Beijing had about 5,650,000 motor vehicles, and it has set a target to keep the number of its motor vehicles at 6 million by the end of 2017.

The city would face a rapid growth of cars and see 100,000 more cars each year from 2018 to 2020, according to media reports.

Beijing established the license plate lottery system in 2011, in a bid to control a sharp increase of vehicles on the road and reduce exhaust pollution.

People who intend to get a car plate have to participate in a lottery every two months for a purchase permit. Those who are not granted permission have to re-enter the lottery.

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