With the Chinese car industry doubling in size on a yearly basis, the number of cars in the Asian country is growing at a dramatic rate. With more cars, comes traffic offenses, and of course, everyone’s favourite, speeding tickets.
Being a nation of doers, the Chinese have invested hard earned cash in not getting caught by fixed speed traps. Using a rather simple invention that would be best suited to a James Bond film, many are escaping speeding tickets and sending the ticket processing system into chaos.
Utilising simple machines that switch the numbers on their licence plates within seconds, more than 50% of cars caught for speeding (by camera) could not be prosecuted due to illegitimate license plates.”Our chances of capturing them is next to nil.” a traffic policeman in the Yangjiang, Guangdong province told Beijing Youth Daily.
There are two versions of the device, one costs around 800 yuan (AUD $160) and is a little slow, but the advanced version which only takes less than three seconds to completely change numbers cost around $320.
“The era of covering up the licence plate by hand has passed,” a driver surnamed Zheng said.
Some Chinese motorists are taking it even further, using fake number plates to pass as Military owned vehicles.
“Police officers are reluctant to pull over drivers of military vehicles even if the drivers are breaking the law,” state news agency Xinhua reported
However the state military has come down heavily on fake military plates.
No doubt the Chinese are working on foreign number plate generators as we speak, with eBay in mind.