In the first month when the 'light green' license plate system exclusively for corporate vehicles was introduced, more than 1,600 vehicles across the country were found to have new license plates.

According to data received from the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport by the office of Rep. Yang Kyung-sook of the Democratic Party of Korea, a member of the Planning and Finance Committee of the National Assembly, the number of passenger vehicles owned by public and private corporations with light green license plates was counted at 1,661 in total in January.

Of these, 1,658 vehicles are used by private corporations.

Only one public corporation vehicle, such as official vehicles of central administrative agencies, the National Assembly, courts, and local governments, was registered in Seoul, Gyeonggi, and Jeonnam.

By region, 338 vehicles (20.4%) were registered in Incheon, ranking first among metropolitan local governments.

Busan (307 units), Jeju (193 units), Gyeonggi (191 units), Seoul (170 units), and Gyeongnam (160 units) followed.

Incheon is also the region with the largest number of registered imported car companies worth more than 100 million won last year.

According to the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport's notice that has been in effect since the 1st of last month, 'commercial passenger vehicles worth more than 80 million won newly or changed registered by public or private corporations' must have a light green license plate.

As of the end of last month, the cumulative number of registered ‘business vehicles of public and private corporations valued at over 80 million won’ was 311,192.

The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport predicts that about 20,000 vehicles will have light green license plates this year, compared to the number of new and modified corporate vehicles registered in previous years.

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