Netizen Accuses Lanzhou Transport Authority of Malfeasance

From Tianya:

Lanzhou Transport Officials Abusing Authority: Father Picking Up Son Has Car Seized and Can’t Get Home (video and images included)

Lanzhou Transport Officials Abusing Authority Captured on Video

My family lives in Dezhou city, Sichuan province. Since it’s almost the end of the year, my father and mother decided to take the family van to Linxia to visit relatives. My parents came to pick me up at the train station so we could go together as a whole family. My father picked me up, and at around 11 AM as we were going by the Lanzhou Plastics Factory, we were waved over by Transportation Authority [Road Transport Administration] officials. After checking the vehicle’s registration/operating permit, they unexpectedly and without regard for right or wrong impounded the car in a parking lot under the pretext that “all vehicles carrying cargo boxes must obtain [commercial] operating permit and operating license.”

In the car we had a luggage case and a bundle of dried vermicelli. The vehicle’s registration was clearly marked “non-commercial,” but the Lanzhou Transport Authority paid no attention, saying it would be a fine of 100,000 yuan. I saw at the scene that the Transport Authority Officials inspected and easily confiscated vehicles as they pleased. Even if they found no problems, just entering and getting out of the parking lot would require paying 60 yuan, with the officers on-site taking 100, 200 RMB without so much as giving even a shred of documentation. When they caught me using my mobile phone to record video evidence, it annoyed the officers who said, “We’re done for the day, and will handle this in a few days”, never to be seen again.

So the car was confiscated without any recourse to be had, far from home, unable to get home. In the afternoon, we called the Lanzhou Transport Authority but nobody paid us any attention. We called the city mayor’s hotline, and they told us to talk to the Transport Authority…

There are three key considerations for illegal commercial transport: “long-term/frequency, for profit, and for unspecified persons.” The “Interpretation of Road Transport Regulations” explains commercial transport as: “transport involving financial transaction or receipt of remuneration, with profit as motive.” But that doesn’t match our car’s situation, so why did the Lanzhou Transport Authority disregard law and reason? Even detaining and inspecting those with operating licenses, just what law are they enforcing? Or is Lanzhou “extra-legal” territory [a land outside of the law]?

What I’ve described above is what I personally experienced today. At present, the remains impounded at the parking lot, and our entire family is at a loss for what else we could do, begging on our knees here that Lanzhou has a “Bao Qingtian” [A historic Chinese government official known for his honesty] who will appear, do something about this, and get us out of this mess so we can go home soon and celebrate the new year!

Contact number: [omitted]

Video screenshot of Lanzhou Municipal Road Transportation Administration Qilihe Bureau Enforcement Officer at the scene:

A photo of a Lanzhou Road Transport Administration officer allegedly abusing his authority to fleece motorists of money.

The vehicle confiscated/impounded:

A photograph of a Chinese netizen's small truck that was confiscated and impounded by Lanzhou auhtorities.

The Lanzhou Municipal Road Transportation Administration Qilihe Bureau law enforcement vehicle:

The license plate of a Lanzhou Transport Admnistration vehicle.

Comments on Tianya:


Damn, the Transport Authority is indeed very black [corrupt].
But the Transport Authority isn’t a violent institution, so those of you with lots of insurance can just run them over and be done with it.
Don’t even bother to stop when they wave you down, can’t be bothered to pay them any heed.


Call the local news hotline, TV station hotline, etc. for help.


Holy fucking shit, what a bunch animals, just like the KMT in the old days.

锦上花花: (responding to above)

The KMT was much better [than the Transport Authority].


That’s even worse than hijacking. It’s like the old saying: don’t be afraid of “black society” [organized crime, the mob], be afraid of society becoming black [corrupt].


One light van, and they want 100,000, these guys must have gone crazy over money.


Lanzhou Transport Authority

A German Shepherd dog wearing a Chinese police cap and sunglasses.


With the end of the year, they’re just trying to get some money [through unscrupulous means]. Who told you to go from Dezhou to Lanzhou? Their territory, so they get to be boss.


The Transport Authority are just state-endorsed bandits.

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  • SuperHappyCow

    Everyone involved should be shot, including the victims.

    • Good to see you are back.

      • SuperHappyCow

        I never left, bro.

    • kim jong un

      and then replace them with negros immigrants my newest supplier of uranium.

      • SuperHappyCow

        And then everyone should ))((

    • Chinkicide

      My brother-in-arms.

  • I think this story can be better entitled “The Differences Between Chinese and Western Transit Authorities” because nobody is going to get upset over this one.

    Even the Chinese netizen response is rather blase about it all. Corruption stories are so 2009.

  • narsfweasels

    What I find least surprising is the “Chinese Phone Bounce” that many people have experienced – “Oh, we don’t deal with that call another number” and you spend the entire afternoon calling numbers that either don’t pick up or claim to know nothing …

    …well, apart from the phone number of another department.

    • fsck

      The best is ringing an office or department and asking to be put through to another location or number, only to be told “they don’t have a phone”

      • narsfweasels

        “they don’t have a phone” Translation: “I’m buying stuff on Taobao right now, so I’ll say anything to make you go away.”

    • xiaohouzi

      Agreed. Last i tried to call the Qingdao city mayor’s hotline number, they either gave me the same run around or didn’t even answer.

    • Alphy

      The best part of the phone bounce is that you often times end up where you called first. Not only do you have to call endless times for most offices to answer, but when someone do, they don’t want to help you.

  • Brett

    How big was this bundle of vermicelli? If big enough the officers could argue no one family could eat it, and would therefore, sell it. Thus the car is labeled as “commercial” and the boy makes a blog post basically saying “they caught us in the midst of doing something illegal even though we had a ‘good enough’ alibi and I am livid!!!”

  • radbab

    authorities abuse power.
    movie at 11.

  • jeffli

    this is one of many reasons why I call china a two bit third world country

    • Hongwu Emperor

      two bit thrid world country??
      Ahh yes, just like the shithole where YOU are living in.

      • RedForceFool

        he is probably living in china right now

        • YourSupremeCommander

          a reject from his own country

    • China IS a third world country. Why do ignorant netzines not think so?

      • El Puma R.

        First Second and third world countries were definitions during the time of the cold war. First world, USA, UK and all their western capitalist allies. Second world countries, USSR, their satellite states and communist allies like China and N. Korea. Third world countries, EVERYONE else. Doesn’t that sound the same as when Chinese say “do you laowai…?”

        Those definitions don’t apply anymore, mostly today when yanks still refuse to acknowledge they’re as third world as everyone else with all their violence, debt, drug use and traffic and the soon-to-be unavoidable collapse of their economy.

        So all in all people use the “third world” just to make themselves feel better. The world has changed man… your name doesn’t fit you when you use that terminology.

        • Sorry, I understand it as a noun:
          The developing countries of Asia, Africa, and Latin America.

          • El Puma R.

            And how would you call the US? UN-developing?

            lol ! get it? UN? =P

            I’ll say it again. the world has changed, man

        • Dave

          “soon-to-be unavoidable collapse of their economy.”

          You wish.

          “Because the US has an even bigger advantage than just being sovereign in its own currency (hi Greece), it also holds the reserve currency. The US dollar is the main currency that is used in most international transactions, it is held by all of the world’s central banks, and so forth.”

          We go down, the whole world goes down with us. Ain’t gonna happen.

          Educate thyself!

          • El Puma R.

            Oh Really? It’s unconstitutional for the Federal Reserve Bank to print out money (which is only backed up with more debt instead of gold and Silver), and they’ve been doing for a long long time. All in all it means you’re up to the neck in debt. Not my problem, I’m not from the US. Go check the bill 11110 which JFK signed and got killed for. All bubbles burst man. I only wish the best to all my yank friends and people but their government is flushing their country down the toilet.

  • MonkeyMouth

    glad to see again the internet being used to police this place. so cool.

  • vincent

    Is that cop trying to do ‘Blue Steel’ ?

    • BiggJ

      It could also be “magnum”… Or maybe the fabled “Le Chink” :)

  • Dr Sun

    The usual Spring festival rampage by cops and officials to get extra money, not uncommon happens every year in every city and town.

  • lao shu

    A truly civilized country….

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