China: New Beijing license plate limitations for 2011. Almost 60,000 Beijing residents have applied online on the first two days of eligibility for entry into the late January lottery for newly restricted license plates in the capital. Xinhua News Agency reports on the application "frenzy" and cites dealers who now believe that they won't make money in the new year as city bureaucrats attempt to deal with massive traffic congestion problems. Agence France-Presse reports that car showrooms are now suddenly quiet as Beijing consumers are unsure about their prospects of being able to legally register new cars.
France: Car vandalism. Bertel Schmitt at TheTruthAboutCars.com wonders if the French news media is suppressing stories about the French State's inability to protect property during the traditional New Year's car torchings.
Greece: Athens transit strikes. Transit strikes continue to plague the nation's capital in the New Year, with bus strikes scheduled for January 3rd, 5th, and 10th. (GreekReporter.com.)