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How to evade traffic cameras? Chinese driver and pal show you a sure-fail way

Passenger’s bungled attempt to conceal vehicle’s licence plate with his legs as driver performs risky manoeuvre caught on police security cameras

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 22 June, 2017, 6:15pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 22 June, 2017, 7:13pm

A van driver is facing a fine for reversing up a motorway in central China despite an audacious effort by him and his passenger, to avoid being caught on surveillance camera.

Footage of the incident, which happened on Monday, was captured by the traffic police bureau in Hubei province and has been widely shared online.

It clearly shows the pair’s ambitious, but ultimately futile, efforts to conceal the vehicle’s licence plate from the camera as they perform the illegal and highly dangerous manoeuvre.

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The film begins with the two men emerging from a white van with a Hubei licence plate that has come to a halt on the hard shoulder of the Beijing-Hong Kong-Macau Expressway. It soon becomes apparent that the men have missed their turn-off to the Fuzhou-Yinchuan Expressway and are considering what to do.

After spotting the surveillance camera, the driver appears to indicate to the passenger that he should try to obscure the licence plate by standing on a footplate at the rear of the vehicle.

This he does as the driver returns to the cab, puts the vehicle into reverse and drives backwards across the hatched lane dividers.

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As the passenger clings to the rear door handles, he attempts, but mostly fails, to conceal the licence plate with his legs. Meanwhile, huge trucks and other vehicles shoot past at high speed on either side of the van.

Though Hubei police did not identify the driver or his passenger, the former is likely to face a fine of 400 yuan (US$60) and the loss of points from his licence.

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China operates a 12-point driving license system with points being deducted for violations. Once a driver has lost all 12 points he or she is required to undergo road safety training.

Members of the public were quick to air their views after seeing the incident online.

“It’s very dangerous. Such illegal activity must be punished severely,” one person wrote.

“What impressive IQs they have!” said another.