“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 chinanews.com.cn, 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:
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.]
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.
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~~~
MD, do I have to deal with this?
Indeed lousy cars, all no longer wanted and given to them by coal bosses, you know what I mean.
Hehe, you fucking continue to spread rumors.
“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?
There’s definitely something fishy.
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.]