Chinese man repaints road markings to make his commute quicker

Bus passenger thought having a special lane to turn left was slowing down traffic going straight on so he tried to remedy it with paint and brush

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 30 November, 2017, 2:03pm
UPDATED : Monday, 16 April, 2018, 2:17pm

A man in eastern China was fined 1,000 yuan (US$150) for painting over road direction markings to make his commute on the bus quicker, Chinese media reported on Thursday.

The unnamed commuter from Lianyungang in Jiangsu province was caught on surveillance camera with a can of white paint and brush at 3pm on Monday changing arrows in a lane telling traffic to turn left to instead go straight ahead, the Modern Express reported.

The man complained that the two existing lanes on the highway for traffic to go straight on were insufficient and there were often delays.

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Police tracked down the man and he admitted what he had done, the article said.

“I saw the straight lane was always packed with cars, while the turning left lane has a lot of space,” he said. “So I thought changing the signs would make my commute smoother.”

The traffic signs on the road have now been changed back to normal, the article said.