(Yicai Global) June 07 -- The city of Shenzhen in China's southern Guangdong province will freeze out gas-fueled car owners from applying for ride-hailing permits from August, the latest move by municipal authorities to promote environmentally-friendly transportation.
The city's transport commission will only allow all-electric vehicles to registered with online ride-hailing firms in the city from August 1, Shenzhen Economic Daily reported.
The clean-up of the ride-hailing sector represents the latest move by the city government to legislate for greener modes of transport. All of Shenzhen's public buses will be converted to pure-electric by September while there are plans to remove all gas-fueled taxis from circulation by the end of the year. Shenzhen will build more than 5,200 sets of fast-charging piles for taxis and more than 5,000 piles in residential areas across the city by the end of the year, to support the growth of green transportation.
The Transport Commission confirmed that some 20,000 ride-hailing cars will end their operational period by the end of 2020, which could spell a complete phase-out of gas-fueled vehicles in the sector.
Editor: William Clegg