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Q: Why do so many cars that drive around in Beijing not have number plates?

8 years 12 weeks ago in  Transport & Travel - Beijing

 
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You can drive a car without plate for 24 hours if you just bought that car. it is legal. The road cruising by police for traffic violation is very rare and most police cars you see on streets are for other business and will not bother you even if they see you speeding or crossing a red light or park on a no parking area. The traffic violation is mainly handled through the network system of over 300,000 road cameras installed on the streets. You are basically safe if you know where are the cameras and your GPS system will remind you that you are approaching a camera when you drive!

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When I came to for the first time someone told me they were the mafia!! I have since found out it is just dishonest people who don't want to be booked by the cameras. As George said, the police are concerned in matters that don't involve them. I once saw apolice car drive past a woman who had been knocked off her Ebike by a car, and was lying on the road!

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Without reference to the police (and I agree with the two previous answers about that) the issue of the licence plate is secondary to the sale. In our countries, registration of the car is a must before you drive it out of the car sales yard. In China and some other Asian countries, you have a certain amount of time to get the plates affixed. 30 days in Thailand and I thought it was more than a day in China too. Well, maybe in far out provinces like Heilongjiang, the policing of the rule is a little more liberal. It's more important to make sure you attach red ribbon to the wheels for good luck than to have the car licensed!! Second hand cars that have run out of registration can also be seen driving around unplated. The rule is to get it done as quickly as possible but I have still to work out how the sale of the vehicle is tied in to the police road authority making them aware of a new vehicle being on the road unplated!!! If their computer system is anything like the Bank of China you can safely say that you have infinite time to get the plates!

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I have seen and gotten into a car where the driver took the back licence plate off and he told me it was to avoid any camera fines!

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