In an effort to ease traffic conditions and reduce air pollution, China’s northern municipality of Tianjin is imposing a quota on new car licence plates, according to Xinhua.
On Sunday, the day before the city imposed its restrictions on car licence plates, residents rushed to the used car market. Amy Yuan Zhuang, Senior Analyst at Nordea Markets, tweeted this image characterising it as “panic” buying.
Consumers will now need to join a lottery or bid at auctions to win a licence plate.
Like Beijing, Tianjin will block cars from the streets depending on the last digit on their number plates, with two numbers banned everyday. The ban is expected to take effect on March 1.
Tianjin will also ban vehicles with non-local licence plates from using the city’s outer ring during rush hour.
Chinese automakers began to sell-off on the news, according to CNBC’s Dierdre Wang Morris.
See more images at China Daily.