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Missing Maserati

Bus drivers in Jinhua in Zhejiang province are now much more knowledgeable about luxury cars than their counterparts elsewhere, reports Zhejiang Online. That’s because the city’s public transport bureau is circulating diagrams of the names and logos of luxury cars. The message: don’t crash into them. As WiC reported in issue 139 there have been a number of traffic accidents involving top-price cars, with repair bills almost bankrupting the drivers involved. Bus companies also fear the cost of a collision with the likes of a Rolls-Royce, hence Jinhua’s decision to make drivers aware when to steer clear.

A staff member who spoke to Zhejiang Online said that most drivers knew the logos of luxury cars like BMW and Mercedes-Benz but had no idea about super-expensive marques such as Maserati and Lamborghini.

“You think about it, a collision with those luxury cars costs several hundred thousand yuan,” said one bus driver. “How can we afford this compensation? So when we see luxury cars we now avoid them.”

The move is not without controversy. Netizens say the city’s richest folk now enjoy another privilege: the right of way over buses. Another hammer blow to China’s socialist paradise…


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