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我国多省份取消特权车牌 专家称需革 除公车腐败 - Many of China's Provinces Abolish 'Privileged License Plates', Experts Recommend a Reform, Eliminating the Corruption of Public Security Vehicles print version
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记者调查发现,由于"O"牌车属于公安专段民用号牌,挂"O"牌的不是公安内部人员,就是公安的领导,或者是行政事业甚至国有企业的相关单位。其次,一些"O"牌车在高速公路等收费的公路上行驶,可以不交过路费。由于有"特权"的保护,"O"牌车的违法行为越来越多。另外,"O"牌的发放也是制造腐败的条件。 "O"牌原本只发放给公安政法系统使用,但现实中其使用范围已经超出公安车辆使用范围。


Since the beginning of this month, "O" license plates in Shanxi province have disappeared. In recent years, the local governments in many of China's provinces have abolished the special rights "O" license plates. Still, many people and experts believe that the important point isn't only canceling the "O" license plates, but rather thoroughly abolishing the privileges of public vehicles and the corruption they initiate.

According to what is understood, in August this year, internet users reported that in recent few years, several cars with the "O" plate in Shanxi have elbowed their way through, without respecting traffic regulations. So long as there is money and connection, private individuals can also put up an "O" license plate, severely affecting the image of the government and public security. Comments posted by internet users attracted the attention of Shanxi's government. Many memos were issued, demanding to clean up and reorganize Shanxi's "O" license plates as well as develop an abolishment scheme. The province government charged the Public Security Office with the task of abolishing the "O" license plates by the end of this year.

An investigation conducted by reporters discovered that since "O" plates cars belong to the public security special civilian license plates, furthermore, the ones who hang the plates aren't the inner public security staff, but rather public security leaders, or corresponding position in governmental enterprises or state owned businesses. In addition, some "O" plated cars which go on the expressways in the toll highways can avoid to road expenses. Due to the protection by the privileges, unlawful acts by "O" plated cars are more and more common. In addition, the rights "O" license plates induce are a factor which also creates corruption. "O" plates originally gave special rights only when being used for public security or political purposes, though in reality their usage has overstepped outside the scope of public security.

The abolishment of "O" plates by Shanxi province has raised a high level of attention by the society, as well as extensive discussions. Wang Hong, a Shanxi lawyer, says that the abolishment of "O" plates takes place in order to restrain the violation of traffic laws by cars, to prevent discrimination and to punish law violators. Only if the law enforcement doesn't skip over the powerful and the noble, and the government power doesn't interfere with law enforcement, then there will be an effective restriction of traffic laws violation. In this point, sociologists believe that while abolishing the "O" license plates in each location, the long term situation should be taken into consideration. When studying the long standing mechanism of privileged cars, there should also be a reform and standardization in the supervision on such vehicles from the system level, thoroughly abolishing the special rights of vehicles and the corruption they initiate.

[1] "O"车牌 chē pái - 'O' license plates; car plates normally used by policemen or personnel in certain governmental position.

[2] "特权" tèquán - Special rights, privileges.

[3] 公车 gōng chē - 'Public vehicle', in this article this term doesn't refer to public buses, but rather vehicles who belong to governmental organizations.

[4] 公安 gōngān - Public security, police.

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