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New rules to crack down on bad drivers

DRIVERS who run red lights will have more points deducted from their licenses after a revised traffic regulation comes into force next year.

Under the new rule, drivers who fail to obey traffic lights will have six points deducted by police, up from the current 3 points.

Drivers have 12 points on their license, and if they are all deducted they have to go back to a driving school and pass tests again before being allowed back on the road.

Also under the new rule, vehicles whose plate numbers are not in accordance with the registration document or whose plates are obscured or covered up will lose all 12 points, up from the current six points.

The regulation also says that drivers with less than a year's driving experience should be accompanied by a qualified driver with more than three years' experience when they drive on expressways.

More than 20 million new drivers obtain licenses each year, police said, and more than 186 million people in China are licensed to drive cars.

If motorcyclists are added, there are 247 million people holding driving licenses. Of those, nearly 11 percent, or around 27 million, will have less than a year's driving experience.

The new regulation also says drivers who have a record of drunk driving or who have caused fatal road accidents will not be allowed to apply for a license to drive buses. Drivers with a history of drug use are also banned.

During the recent holiday, 794 people died in more than 68,400 road accidents across the country.

Most of the fatal accidents involved long-distance buses.


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