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Chinese deliveryman overloads truck with parcels after Singles’ Day shopping frenzy

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 13 November, 2016, 3:38pm
UPDATED : Sunday, 13 November, 2016, 3:38pm

With vast piles of goods needing delivery after China’s Singles’ Day shopping festival, a Chongqing deliveryman filled the passenger’s seat and space beneath his truck with parcels, but was fined for overloading the vehicle.

The man, whose overloaded truck was noticed by local authorities at a toll gate on Friday, said he wanted to use all the space available to carry as much as possible, the Chongqing Evening News reported.

He piled parcels on the seat beside him and even in the undercarriage beneath the truck to improve his efficiency.

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The driver was fined 200 yuan (HK$227) and had one point deducted from his driver’s licence, the report said. According to mainland traffic rules, a driver’s licence will be suspended if they lose 12 points within a year.

Residents from the municipality spent more than 2.4 billion yuan during the online shopping spree this year, according to e-commerce giant Alibaba, which initiated the festival. Alibaba is the owner of the South China Morning Post.

Down jackets, woollen coats, boots and smartphones were the most popular items sold to Chongqing buyers during the event, Alibaba said.