Liuzhou Laowai

Random thoughts on life in Liuzhou, Guangxi, China




From January 1st 2013, penalties for breaking certain traffic regulations will be increased. This announcement has led to utter confusion in the minds of Liuzhou drivers, the majority of whom were unaware that they were meant to obey the traffic regulations in the first place.

Here are the main changes.

1) Jumping lights

At present, the maximum penalty is a ¥200 fine and three penalty points. This will be increased to six penalty points; the fine remains the same. The penalties will also apply to jumping amber lights and not only red lights.

2) Driver failing to wear seat belt.

Bet you didn’t know that was illegal in China! Drivers failing to wear seat belts will be liable to a fine of ¥50 if caught on a normal road. On the expressway, the same fine applies, but two penalty points are also awarded.

3) Passengers failing to wear seat belts.

Front seat passengers can be fined ¥20 for failing to wear a seat belt. The driver is not responsible.

4) Obscuring number plates

Many drivers hide their number plate by covering it with tape or similar. This is in order to prevent being recognised by speed control cameras. Also, wedding parties seem to feel it is traditional to obscure the number plates of the cars driving the bride, guests etc to the wedding venue. The number plates are covered with soppy declarations of happiness. Five years ago no one had cars, so it is not exactly a long-standing tradition.

Whatever, it is strictly illegal.

The penalty will be 12 penalty points (the maximum) and a fine of ¥200. Reaching 12 points requires the driver to resit the driving test.

5) Drunken driving

Current regulations differentiate between ‘driving after drinking’, which means having a blood alcohol count of between 20 mg/100 ml and 80 mg/100 ml, and ‘drunken driving’ which means over 80 mg/100 ml.

From January, all cases will be treated the same. It won’t matter if you are just a bit pissed or totally pissed.

12 points, unlimited fine, 15 days detention and a five year driving ban.

6) Using cell phone while driving

I thought that was compulsory!

Fine ¥50 and 2 points

7) Smoking while driving

Come on! I know that is compulsory!

¥50 fine

8) Speeding

Under current regulations, for exceeding the prescribed speed by 10% or less, there is no fine but three points; speeding by between 10% and 20%, a ¥50 fine and three points; speeding between 20% and 50%, ¥200 and three points; 50% to 70%, ¥1,000 yuan and 6 points and license can be revoked; speeding more than 70%, ¥2,000 yuan, 6 points and licence can be revoked. 

From January. speeding over 20% will attract 6 points; speeding over 50% will attract 12 points. Fines etc still apply.

Of course penalties are only administered when enforcement of the regulations takes place. With the city’s traffic cops standing around staring into space and ignoring the blatant lawbreaking all around them, it is unlikely anything will really change. Most drivers will still attempt to break all eight laws simultaneously – while driving up the sidewalk.

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2 Responses to “Penalty!”

  1. steve Says:

    What about driving through a crowded crosswalk or is that compulsory?

    The other night we heading home on one of Liuzhou’s lovely freeways. It came as a small surprise to see a Wuling van heading towards us, (headlights switched to full beam) on the same piece of road. Somehow, the little Wuling, not our taxi had wandered across the central divider, and therefore was now heading south towards a group of heavy trucks and our lowly taxi heading north.
    Needless to say, our driver took the necessary evasive action, and we arrived home with just a few more grey hairs.
    Just another wonderful Chinese freeway experience. Can’t say I would ever be brave enough to drive in these parts.
    Merry Christmas.

  2. Liuzhou Laowai Says:

    Totally normal.

    If you dip your lights how can you see where you are going? Do you know where you are going? Do you know that you are going?

    Chinese drivers don’t learn that lights are not for them to see, but so that other people can see them. Look at all the ebikes running around without lights. Suicide machines.

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