From May 1, the army and armed police forces in Mainland
China will have new unified military vehicle license plates.
The old military license plate
will be abolished on April 30.
Private cars and luxury vehicles are not allowed
to use military license plates.
Luxury cars include Audi, Porsche and other cars
costing more than 450,000 yuan.
What are the reasons the military issued the ban?
What problems exist among official vehicles?
Mainland China Central Television reported that the seventh
generation of the People's Liberation Army military vehicle license plate has been unveiled.
The replacement of plates will be
completed by May 1.
The new license plate is made of six types of high-tech
The Liberation Army Daily reported that some military
units have lost their vehicle license plates.
Officials from the General Logistics Department of Military Transportation said that this move aims to control license plates at the source.
The next step will focus on license plates of luxury vehicles
and military vehicles entering luxury clubs.
Issues to receive special attention include illegal use
of lights and sirens, military leadership cadres carrying out special activities, and official vehicles.
The regulations stated high-end luxury vehicles,
private vehicles, vehicles with incomplete procedures
or that exceed the military documents are prohibited
from using military license plates.
Vehicles of leaders of local units, army, and armed police
were also on the list, as well as Mercedes-Benz, BMW,
Lincoln, Cadillac, Volkswagen Phaeton, Bentley, Jaguar,
Porsche, any vehicle costing more than 450,000 yuan
which consists Land Rover, Porsche Cayenne, Audi Q7,
and luxury SUVs.
Some netizens say in addition to the issue of hanging
a military license, an investigation into the luxury vehicles
should be conducted and the vehicles should be auctioned
Another netizen says that luxury cars without a military
plate does not mean that the military no longer has neither luxury cars nor corruption.
Military vehicle license plates have changed many times,
and fake license plates have followed every time.
Cheng Zhiyao, Mainland independent scholar, says that
he was in favor of rectifying the military license plate.
Cheng Zhiyao: "We all know that many military license
plates have dispersed.
Ordinary citizens are incapable of getting one.
Military vehicles enjoy all kinds of privileges,
including (bypassing) tolls and access rights.
Who can obtain those privileges?
Of course, only those high-ranking officials,
dignitaries and special groups."
Wang Zang, Mainland independent writer, believes that
no matter what authorities do, replace, control, or whichever
ordinance is introduced, their intention is to create
a false image for the public.
Wang Zang: "Their ongoing improvements
and anti-corruption (campaign) seems like power is being
limited, but in reality, it is only an illusion.
I don’t believe anything they do.
Everything they do is only to improve their
rule and control.
Afterwards, they keep praising themselves in order
to make themselves look good.
They want to obtain what they did not have or to restore
their lost image.”
Wang Zang commented that when citizens’ rights
are not guaranteed and human rights have disappeared,
they cannot solve problems by changing minor issues.
Wang Zang: “What they do is to improve their control maintenance
of a totalitarian system.
They did it to perfect and better safeguard their rule
and to more readily enslave the people.
They spend a lot of effort in doing minor things,
and even fail to do a good job at that.
However, they keep people hallucinating.
On the surface, they are making changes.
However, the real problem is not the mechanism,
it is the system.”
One netizen published a list of “bullying vehicles,”
First, military vehicles - even traffic police vehicles
stay at arm's length from them.
Second, police vehicles - no matter when and where,
they rule the road.
Third, urban management vehicles - they enjoy the same
privileges as those of police vehicles.
Fourth, leading cadres’ vehicles, and fifth, vehicles
of officials’ children.