Banned bikers to get compensation
Hundreds of thousands of motorcyclists will receive compensations next year when a downtown ban on motorcycles here begins.
Thursday, the municipal government said the 313,700 registered motorbike owners will be compensated for their motorcycles. The compensation will be based on how long the service life of the bike is, Cui Renquan, deputy secretary-general of the municipal government said.
Related taxes and fees already paid will be returned on a monthly basis.
"The compensation measures will take effect on January 1, 2005,'' the official said.
The ban on motorcycles will affect those who make a living from their motorcycle businesses or maintenance service, he said. For those who may lose their livelihood due to the ban, the government has mapped out policies to allow them to join the city's unemployment insurance programme for insurance money.
Motorcycles will be phased out starting next month, when they will be prohibited from the city's trunk roads and downtown areas at certain hours.
An all-weather prohibition of motorcycles from the main roads will begin from January 1, 2006.
And the prohibition will be applied to every corner of the city by 2007.
The ban on motorcycles is expected to axe traffic pressure, improve the living environment and reduce robberies in urban areas, he said.
Those who lose their jobs will also be entitled to the city's re-employment training programmes free of charge.
And those who start a new self-employed business will be supported with one-year of aid, industrial injury and unemployment insurance premiums.
However, he added, only licensed motorcyclists and officially registered motorcycle businesses or maintenance runners will be assisted.