The Ministry of Public Security revealed earlier this month that by the end of 2013 the number of registered motor vehicles in China topped 250 million, gaining 10 million in the past year. The ownership of automobiles, which are four- or three-wheeled, rose from 121 million at the end of 2012 to 137 million. Just 10 years ago there were only 24 million automobiles registered in the country.
Nearly 280 million Chinese had a license to drive a motor vehicle, including 219 million allowed to drive a car, bus, or truck. The number of valid driver’s licenses increased 9.2% on year for automobiles and 13.7% for motor vehicles in general.
Auto ownership exceeded 1 million in 31 cities and 2 million in 8 (Beijing, Tianjin, Chengdu, Shenzhen, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Suzhou, and Hangzhou). In Beijing, the most crowded city, the number reached about 5.4 million.