Shanxi Traffic Police’s Fleet of Land Rover SUVs Exposed

A row of white Land Rovers owned by the Shanxi Traffic Police, in apparent violation of government regulations, angering Chinese netizens.

A row of white Land Rovers owned by the Shanxi Traffic Police, in apparent violation of government regulations, angering Chinese netizens.

From NetEase:

“Matching Land Rover Fleet” Confirmed as Owned by Shanxi Traffic Police

According to a China Business News October 22nd report: On October 21st, a set of photos titled “Exposing Shanxi Highway Traffic Police’s Showy Land Rover Fleet” circulated online.

In the photos, matching white Land Rover vehicles were driven in a line, all fitted with police lights, all prefixed with “晋O” [the license plate prefix for Shanxi], and eye-catching license plates of repeating numbers. Among the license plates that could be discerned, three were “晋O88888”, “晋O11111”, and “晋O22222”.



This China Youth Daily reporter discovered that as of at least 2013, the aforementioned vehicles should have been under the ownership of the Shanxi Traffic Police.

According to published reports, starting from 2004, the Shanxi Provincial Party Committee and provincial government has instituted a changes to the “晋O” license plate, with the O prefix being reserved for use by vehicles used by public security departments.

This China Youth Daily journalist learned that on 2013 January 20, in a report titled “Shanxi Traffic Police Lead the Way Keeping Highway Unimpeded” published by, one can see several of the Land Rover vehicles exposed.

In a photo in the report, the Land Rover with license plate 晋O88888 has its police lights on, leading the way in the snow. The caption for this photo reads: “At the Xuegongling section of the Qingyin Highway, highway traffic police use vehicles leading the way to control speeds and escort vehicles through.” The photo clearly indicates that it was “provided by the police”.


In the other photo of the report, the Land Rover with license plate 晋O11111 appears. This vehicle is parked at a highway exit. The photo caption reads: “Taiyuan City Ring Highway, highway traffic police use vehicles leading the way to control speeds and escort vehicles through”. This photo likewise indicates that it was “provided by the police”.

In addition, on the Shanxi Traffic Police website of the Shanxi Provincial Ministry of Public Security portal website, in an article published on 2013 December 10 titled “Shanxi Traffic Police Guard Xuegongling”, the above photo of the 晋O88888 Land Rover leading the way on a road is also attached.

According to the Shanxi Provincial Highway Traffic Police website, the Qingyin Highway Xuegongling section and Taiyuan City Ring Highway is managed by the highway traffic police.

Article 8 of the “Administrative Regulations on Vehicles Provided for Official Use by the Communist Party and Government Organizations” issued in 2011 stipulates: Off-road/SUV vehicles are in principle not provided for use by the Communist Party or government organizations. If necessary due to the geographical environment and needs of the work to be done, domestically manufactured off-road/SUV vehicles may be provided. Domestically manufactured Land Rovers have only come off the line in 2014 October, so it can be certain that the Land Rovers reported above in 2013 were not domestically manufactured.

Just what are the specific details concerning these Land Rovers with special license plate numbers? There has yet to be a response from officials.

Shanxi Highway Traffic Police 4th Detachment Captain Li Guorui expressed in an interview with China Business News that the Land Rovers in internet postings “do not belong to our unit, and are unrelated to us”, not is he clear what unit they belong to. Shanxi Highway Traffic Police 2nd Detachment Captain Li Zhifu told the China Business News reporter, “How could we possibly be outfitted with Land Rovers? Simply a joke [impossible].” Li Zhifu said, “The cars we are outfitted with are all Volkswagens like Jettas and Santanas, and even the leader rides a lousy car over 10 years old.”

This China Youth Daily reporter contacted the Shanxi Provincial Traffic Police headquarters, and the Traffic Police Press Center claimed that there are no results from the investigation into this matter yet, and asked this reporter to contact the Propaganda and Education Office. However, the Propaganda and Education Office said it is not responsible for this matter, that they were about to have a meeting, and hung up.

Comments from NetEase:

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网易浙江省杭州市网友 ip:122.224.*.*

Stupid cunt’ed.

噬血的蚂蚁 [网易北京市网友]:

Hehe, didn’t they say claim that their “cars are all lousy”?

[Note: This refers to earlier response by the Shanxi Traffic Police to this matter.]

U8890 [网易江西省南昌市网友]:

Don’t know how to explain, that these were specifically lent to us by a local company to encourage us, and now they’ve already been returned.

精神病晚期病人 [网易山东省网友]:

These aren’t Land Rovers, these are highway overlords, where even if fucking Optimus Prime encounters them, he has to obediently yield and give way. I remember in the past, the most honking and use of loudspeakers I’d hear was— Give way, give way, the car in front, hurry and give way… and then a motorcade with both lights flashing would cockily pass by all, all single colored Audis and Toyota Coasters. Highway overlords, only you~~~

yadoyi [网易北京市网友]:

MD, do I have to deal with this?

网易四川省成都市网友 ip:210.15.*.*

Indeed lousy cars, all no longer wanted and given to them by coal bosses, you know what I mean.

[Note: Shanxi is known for its coal resources, and the bosses of coal mines are infamous for being incredibly rich but also unsophisticated.]

网易北京市手机网友 ip:106.38.*.*

Hehe, you fucking continue to spread rumors.

网易湖北省宜昌市手机网友 ip:221.233.*.*

“Shanxi Highway Traffic Police 2nd Detachment Captain Li Zhifu told the China Business News reporter, ‘How could we possibly be outfitted with Land Rovers? Simply a joke [impossible].’ Li Zhifu said, ‘The cars we are outfitted with are all Volkswagens like Jettas and Santanas, and even the leader rides a lousy car over 10 years old.’ This captain lies through his teeth. Shouldn’t he be sacked?

guojianglong [网易北京市网友]:

There’s definitely something fishy.

网易贵州省遵义市网友 ip:1.204.*.*

When [civil] servants are already driving Range Rovers costing over a million [RMB], can you who is riding a bicycle still say you are the master without embarrassment?

[Note: In the PRC, the government is presented as “servants” of the “the people” who are the “masters” of the country.]

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  • Rick in China

    Although if they did own them it seems it would be against the law – I don’t see a problem with police departments owning reasonably good vehicles. In Canada police vehicles are typically specially outfitted – although they may look plain in many cases they aren’t, and surely cost a lot. They, however, also engage in highspeed chases and such – something I’ve never seen in China, ever. Still, if these were indeed police vehicles for special units in that kinda snowy/rough-terrain region, I don’t think that in-of-itself is a terrible crime…as long as they weren’t privately owned or used for personal business (laughs, as if that’d happen) or whatever.

    • JayJay

      I think it’s down to government procurement. If they are properly procured on the open market at the cheapest price, then be it Land Rover or BMW, as long as it meets the specifications and achieve the lowest price. EU has community wide policy on government procurement and most contracts over a certain threshold must be advertised. Failure to comply will usually result in challenges from losing bidders and usually means a lot of damages. The same can’t be said for China though.

      • lacompacida

        Canadian police forces usually use public tender for procurement. You can submt a bit too, if you are interested.

        • JayJay

          not sure you can, there is a common procurement process call the Pre-Qualification Questionnaire, or PQQ stage. For large procurements, it will exclude unsuitable bidders.

    • lacompacida

      Canadian police are typically equipped with GM, Ford or Chrysler “Police Specials” – large engine, special frontend (because they tear off their front wheels very often doing sharp turns to chase or respond to emergencies.) Some get SUV’s for the climate conditions, and really powerful sports cars for chase. And junks for blocking. But the most expensive part is the maintenance. They have to replace front ends and engines very often. And blocking is bad for the body and paint job.

    • ClausRasmussen

      The good news is that when violations of procurement regulations of otherwise reasonable police vehicles become top news on the Chinese internet, then China must really be improving

  • JayJay

    The officials are Land R ‘over’.

  • AbC

    What does this story mean by ‘Exposed’?

    The police doesn’t seem to be concealing it in any shape or form, pretty showing it off publicly with the sirens/flashing lights and whatnot.

    • Means they are publicly outed, leading to cries of “shame” and the obligatory “SB”.

      People flaunt their wealth all the time in China. Only when they are “Exposed” as having done crimes do they feel bad for it.

  • The guy drawing the short straw gets to drive 44444

    • ClausRasmussen

      Then imagine what will happen in the head of an average superstitious Chinese driver when he sees that license plate in his rear mirror lol

      • HaHa – That would make a good skit in a sit com –
        showing all the various reactions to “death” coming from behind

  • YourSupremeCommander

    Just maybe, the Dubai police dept is even more BADASS?

    • crxrunn

      I think I’d… commit a crime to ride one of those

      • Amused

        Uhhhhhh, the cars or the Arabic chicks?

      • Joel De Sa

        haha.. you think so?? they will arrest you then put you in a toyota or isuzu van.. and they will chuck you into a jail cell which is as bad as the jail cells in Asia..

    • Joel De Sa

      Nope, those cop cars in Dubai are just going to be used for show.

  • diverdude7

    where I live it seems like the ‘Police’ vehicles always have their pursuit/emergency lights on. I mean even rolling around in the back alleyways at 15kph doing nothing for hours on end. Seems to me it kinda waters down the effect of the emergency lights.

    • Alphy

      I think they always keep the lights on in China. I seriously haven’t seen them turn them off, or at least I didn’t notice them being off.

      Most people don’t even bat an eye when cutting off cops neither. Nor do I ever see cops stopping people for violating laws, mostly it’s just parking tickets, and dealing with accidents.

      • Ryo Saeba

        In GZ, the ones in the cars are not really “traffic” cops. Only the ones on the motorcycles can write tickets. Except for some rare occasions where they are writing like 50 tickets on illegal parked cars, those in cars won’t care about traffic violations. They let the cameras do the work.

        And really, cutting off people here is so common that people, including myself, won’t even bat an eye. It’s all fair since I do it all the time as well. Hardly any road rage.

    • It’s to remind people who’s in charge.

      Turning on that blaring horn and rushing around is admitting you’ve lost control of the situation. Real loss of face here.

  • FYIADragoon

    I will never understand why anyone buys this company’s ugly ass cars. Like the LV of automobiles.

    • Kai

      I’m not a fan of the traditional Land Rover proportions but the Evoque is one of the sexiest cars I’ve ever seen.

      • Evoque? Really? :-S You need to see some AUDI’s like the TT (Gen 2+) and R8. That is sexy.

        • Kai

          Yep. Beauty is subjective and all but I really like its sporty proportions (big wheels, “chop top” roofline).

  • Everyone stop complaining. Wouldn’t you rather be carted off to a black jail in one of these babies? Before becoming forgotten to time, at least you can sit back in one of these with the chair tilted back, AND have ample legroom.

    • AbC

      Except these are driven by traffic police who hardly ever actually make any arrests.

      • If you don’t make any arrests, it can only signify that society is in perfect harmony.

        • AbC

          The police makes plenty of arrests… The traffic police in China is very specialised, they do not deal with criminal matters outside traffic laws.

          • Take my wife, please !

            Have you tried the veal ?

  • Aren’t they actual 4WD? Not SUV’s? Range Rover don;t do gay stuff like SUV’s… these things can actually get about a Scottish bog.

    • Alex Dương

      I’m under the impression SUVs can be (but don’t have to be) 4WD?

  • x1sfg

    While there is no doubt there is corruption taking place, every country does it. As in procuring modified supplies and then LEO/mil officials making money off taxpayer dollars.

  • Taojessy

    In my hometown, any car taken from drug busts are immediately gifted to the police force. Thus, my hometown now has the most badass police cars, including ones with hydraulics :D

    And Americans wonder why police are so sad to see weed legalized… but I digress

    I think China’s police having good cars is not something to criticize. When people do not have any respect for their police (maybe rightfully so) then the system cannot work- but this is one reason I love living in China.