From Sept 1, 2004, all cars in Shanghai without a Shanghai local car plate will be charged 150 RMB per month. It means, I need to pay 1800 RMB more for my car.
According to the new regulation, I need to visit the police office to hand in the money; otherwise the fine will be 30,000 RMB.
Actually, all cars without a Shanghai plate need to pay 30 RMB for the entrance fee when they enter Shanghai. This regulation just added the 7-day valid period for entrance fee. It means, the car driver can choose to go back to the entrance toll gate to hand it the fee every 7 days (so it is 120 RMB per month), or to go to the police to pay a little bit higher – 150 RMB per month. Of cause, the third choice is not to do anything until the fine ticket of 30,000 RMB arrives.
It is strange for a large city to issue a command like this to restrict the flow of cars between Shanghai and other provinces.
P.S. Just found an interesting website to write on the Berlin Walls (via Eric’s blog). Take a look.
Image created by letterjames.de
P.S. 2. I am in Beijing and will get back to Shanghai on Wednesday.