Planet China

Out of luck

A Porsche driver in China has lost his licence, but not for one of the more expected reasons like speeding. Rather it was because he was so superstitious that he was caught driving with the wrong licence plates on his new car. According to the Qianjiang Evening News, the driver was stopped by traffic police who told him his temporary plates had expired on April 26. He explained to the cops that he had a valid set of plates in the boot of the car but that a fortune-teller had advised him not to put them on right away. “It is a new car and a fortune teller told me the plates must not be put up in April,” he told the officers. “I need to wait for an auspicious day, which has not been decided yet, to do that for road safety and a prosperous business.” The police were unmoved by the excuse and deducted 12 points from the driver’s licence. The penalty means he will need to retake a test on China’s traffic rules in order to get his licence back.

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