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Q: What is the penalty for driving without a license?

A fine?

Imprisonment?

Car confiscated?

Visa cancelled?

5 years 43 weeks ago in  Visa & Legalities - China

 
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They recently had a crackdown here in Shenzhen, and a famous Chinese Olympian was made an example of recently in Beijing.

Automatic 2000 RMB fine and 2 weeks in jail.  No trial or investigation.   If no license those two things are guaranteed.

About the deportation thing, I have heard various accounts. That could be a case by case thing I guess as the law is just 2K and 2 weeks. But if you break the law in China they have the right to deport you. So drive at your own risk!

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Wouldn't a bottle of Moutai do the trick?  

If the police all of a sudden started enforcing laws around here(ie; doing their jobs!), the people won't have a clue how to cope and it could well be the beginning of the end.

 

 

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will the World ever one day truly embrace the concept of an International Driver License ?

 

 alas... probably not in any of our lifetimes.

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Chinese license holders can drive in Austraila.  

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Come on China, go with the flow!. Being a Brit, can drive and have done, all over Europe. I was driving a 7.5 tone truck from Dover to the Ukraine legally. I also can drive a bus too. Did my PSV in the UK in 2003. On my International license  can drive the same in other countries non E.U. With a 20 years of experience, all i can ride/drive in China is a dam push bike. Oh and a 1000 question exam? in chinglish and more red foreigners tape, and the over priced fee`s. All this just to have a Licence to prove you can!.. Nah! I shall wait till i go back home. Least i know motor insurance is mandatory to drive.

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Come on China, go with the flow!. Being a Brit, can drive and have done, all over Europe. I was driving a 7.5 tone truck from Dover to the Ukraine legally. I also can drive a bus too. Did my PSV in the UK in 2003. On my International license  can drive the same in other countries non E.U. With a 20 years of experience, all i can ride/drive in China is a dam push bike. Oh and a 1000 question exam? in chinglish and more red foreigners tape, and the over priced fee`s. All this just to have a Licence to prove you can!.. Nah! I shall wait till i go back home. Least i know motor insurance is mandatory to drive.

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DONT drive without a license! Its true a lot of the time the police will look the other way, but it can land you in the slammer for 14 days. The real problem comes if you have an accident. Without a Chinese license insurance can legally, and will, refuse to pay any claim which leaves you holding the financial bag. On top of that, if someone is killed or injured you can pretty much count on criminal charges. Don't do it, its stupid and not worth the risks. 

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I do not drive here, but I have three or four times in my ten plus years here. My wife has a car. One day around 2008 she was out of town, it was a beautiful Saturday and I decided to "steal" her car and go for a ride.

 

I had fun mostly. I was not afraid of the police perse, but I kept my eye out for them. I would never drive without a license in the USA because more than likely if caught, I would be thrown in jail for it. Drove up to the tea fields, some park lands, just had fun mostly driving the car, since it is something I rarely do.

 

First thing I noticed that in my city, that there was no place to park at all. The very limited space available there would be a meter maid running up to charge me money to park there.

 

Second and more importantly, I was afraid to get into an accident or hitting another car or person. Basically, Chinese are horrible drivers and people wantonly just cross the street anywhere. That put the fear in me and I drove the car home.

 

One thing I like about China and where I live is that I do not have to drive. I dont miss it one bit. Taxis are inexpensive and I also ride the city busses where I need to go. If I had to drive in China, I would eventually get arrested and deported for "road rage", because of the stupidity and the impatience of everyone else on the road. Mostly the freeways in China have no police on them at all, just speed cameras. Drunk driving, especially in the hinterlands happens a lot at night. Also outside the cities many people drive motor scooters (sometimes drunk and 98% of the time with no head gear).

 

I would recommend foreigners to not drive in China even if they are legal. if there is an accident, it is going to be your fault no matter what happens. Like I said before, Chinese are bad drivers and pedestrians. They do not look, drive stupidly, and are horrifically impatient. Just not worth the trouble in my opinion. Fuel is fairly expensive here too, as expensive as in the USA (probably cheap compared to most of Europe which is why is say "relatively"). In most of the large cities, traffic jams are quite frequent. Why go through the hassle?

 

I dont miss driving or owning a car at all. The fuel, buying insurance (I hate insurance companies with a passion, they are a bunch of thieves), taxes (in the USA, all kind of ridiculous taxes and fees, state tax, local tax, smog tax, license plates etc., not to mention dealing with the DMV). Think about how much money one saves by not having a car.

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I do not drive here, but I have three or four times in my ten plus years here. My wife has a car. One day around 2008 she was out of town, it was a beautiful Saturday and I decided to "steal" her car and go for a ride.

 

I had fun mostly. I was not afraid of the police perse, but I kept my eye out for them. I would never drive without a license in the USA because more than likely if caught, I would be thrown in jail for it. Drove up to the tea fields, some park lands, just had fun mostly driving the car, since it is something I rarely do.

 

First thing I noticed that in my city, that there was no place to park at all. The very limited space available there would be a meter maid running up to charge me money to park there.

 

Second and more importantly, I was afraid to get into an accident or hitting another car or person. Basically, Chinese are horrible drivers and people wantonly just cross the street anywhere. That put the fear in me and I drove the car home.

 

One thing I like about China and where I live is that I do not have to drive. I dont miss it one bit. Taxis are inexpensive and I also ride the city busses where I need to go. If I had to drive in China, I would eventually get arrested and deported for "road rage", because of the stupidity and the impatience of everyone else on the road. Mostly the freeways in China have no police on them at all, just speed cameras. Drunk driving, especially in the hinterlands happens a lot at night. Also outside the cities many people drive motor scooters (sometimes drunk and 98% of the time with no head gear).

 

I would recommend foreigners to not drive in China even if they are legal. if there is an accident, it is going to be your fault no matter what happens. Like I said before, Chinese are bad drivers and pedestrians. They do not look, drive stupidly, and are horrifically impatient. Just not worth the trouble in my opinion. Fuel is fairly expensive here too, as expensive as in the USA (probably cheap compared to most of Europe which is why is say "relatively"). In most of the large cities, traffic jams are quite frequent. Why go through the hassle?

 

I dont miss driving or owning a car at all. The fuel, buying insurance (I hate insurance companies with a passion, they are a bunch of thieves), taxes (in the USA, all kind of ridiculous taxes and fees, state tax, local tax, smog tax, license plates etc., not to mention dealing with the DMV). Think about how much money one saves by not having a car.

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You'll get a fine, around 5,000 rmb I think. The owner of the vehicle will also receive a fine and have the car confiscated. They will also get points on their license (if no license a record will be made and points added if they obtain a license in the future).

 

Depending on where you live and the distance you plan to travel you should be pretty safe from the law. That said it is better to get a license sorted, two options; 

 

1. convert your current foreign license into a China license by taking the road law test on the computer. costs less than 500rmb

2. contact an expat agent who can help you to "purchase" a license. Costs around 7,000rmb

 

 

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