North Koreans rely mainly on public transport. As oil imported into the country is mostly allocated to its military, Pyongyang has electrically powered trolleybuses (Pyongyang trolleybus system) and subways (Pyongyang Metro) as its main public transport. However, as trolleybus lines became overcrowded, the city decided to build tram lines. The first line opened in 1991. There is a mix of locally built and imported trolleybuses and trams. Earlier fleets were obtained from Europe and China.
Diligent, focused, adept with those baton-thingies, and distractingly beautiful traffic girls of Pyongyang keep traffic moving between 6 AM and 10 PM.
Personal ownership of automobiles in Pyongyang is rare but there are more and more private cars in Pyongyang streets. The number plates can be of one of 4 colors:
Pyonggwa ia a Korean language word for “peace,” also spelled Pyonghwa, it is one of the two car manufacturers and dealers in North Korean automotive industry. It is a joint venture in Nampo between Pyonghwa Motors of Seoul (South Korea), a company owned by Sun Myung Moon’s Unification Church, and the North Korean Ryonbong General Corp. The joint venture produces small cars under licence from Fiat and Brilliance China Auto, a pickup truck and an SUV using complete knock down kits from Chinese manufacturer Dandong Shuguang, a Mercedes-Benz/SsangYong design luxury cars. In 2003, only 314 cars were produced even though the factory had the facilities to produce up to 10,000 cars a year