The age-old Chinese obsession to avoid "unlucky" numbers ran into trouble as government vowed to prohibit avoidance of inauspicious numbers like four, 13 and 14, in the registration of addresses for residences and vehicles in the capital city.
"The numbers of storied buildings, units and door plates should be coded and registered in numerical order and no skipping or selective use of numbers should be allowed," Zhou Qiaolin, an official of Beijing Municipal Administration of Quality and Technology Supervision said.
She said the prohibition will be included in a criterion for the setting of building name plates and door number plates which is to be implemented on September 1, state run Xinhua news agency reported.
Depending upon its success, the crackdown was expected to be extended to rest of the country.
The new coding criterion mainly targets new buildings rather than existing buildings, Li Xiaobo, an officer of the Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau said.