All vehicles in Bayingol, Xinjiang to install navigation system to ‘safeguard stability’

By Li Ruohan Source:Global Times Published: 2017/2/20 15:03:39

All vehicles in Bayingol Mongolian Autonomous Prefecture in Northwest China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region must install the Beidou Navigation Satellite System starting Monday to "safeguard stability" in the prefecture, local authorities said. 

The move is to ensure stability in the prefecture, said a staffer with the vehicle management station under the traffic police detachment of Bayingol Public Security Bureau. Residents have until June 30 to complete the installation.

"All vehicles must install the system, so that they can be tracked wherever they go. It also helps car owners to find their cars quickly if it's been stolen or taken [by terrorists]," added the staffer, surnamed Ma.

"Cars are the major means of transportation for terrorists, and also a frequently chosen tool to conduct terrorist attacks. So it's necessary to use the Beidou system and electronic vehicle identification to enhance the management of vehicles," says a statement released on the Weibo account of Bayingol's traffic police detachment on February 4.

It is  not mentioned in the report  whether public vehicles, such as buses, also need to install the system.

The Beidou network is a China-developed satellite navigation system similar to GPS, the third Global Navigation Satellite System applied in international navigation.

Bayingol's traffic police also held a conference on Sunday to discuss how to better implement the decision that is "fundamental" to the prefecture's efforts against terrorism and to ensure stability, loulannews.com, a news outlet affiliated to the prefecture's publicity authority, reported.

Gas stations in Bayingol will only serve cars that have installed the Beidou system, and will also not serve those who damage or do not pay for the system, the report added.

Vehicle owners need to pay 90 yuan ($13) per year for the Internet traffic when using the system. The fees paid for the materials needed are not charged to car owners, so they will not reject the installation, Ma said. 

"All vehicles with the system will be recorded and it's easy to check against current data which ones didn't install it," Ma added.

Thousands of armed police, public security officers and militia took oaths to fight terrorism and tighten security in Hotan, Xinjiang on Thursday, local news site ts.cn reported.



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