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China motorists cross 330m as cities struggle to cope

Published Fri, Nov 28, 2014 · 09:50 PM

Shanghai

CHINA now has about the same number of licensed drivers as there are people in the US, even though two out of three adult Chinese still aren't qualified to operate a motor vehicle.

There are now more than 300 million motorists in China, compared with the US population of 319 million, according to the Chinese public security ministry and US census data. It took just four years to add 100 million new drivers in China, and 35 of its cities now have more than one million vehicles, with major urban centres like Beijing and Shenzhen having twice that number, the ministry said in a statement on its website on Friday.

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