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Police unhappy about parking ticket ruse

POLICE are warning drivers not to take any notice of an online post telling drivers how to escape traffic tickets.

The post suggests they get themselves a traffic ticket before parking, since police will not punish them after seeing a ticket on the vehicle.

Drivers are even advised to steal a ticket from nearby vehicles, which would have the same location and same date.

The post said that would have a bigger chance of success.

Responses to the post on a local news website,, include several from people who said they escaped punishment using such methods.

But Yu Dalei, an official with the Shanghai Traffic Police, said yesterday that most policemen would take a close look at the traffic tickets -- checking the plate number, date and location. He believed people had little chance of escaping punishment that way.

"One may escape once, but it will not work every time," the officer said.

A policeman usually patrols within a designated area, and so can remember on which vehicles he has pasted a ticket.

Some drivers have complained that they were fined twice for just one parking offence and suspected that an earlier ticket had been removed by others.

Yu said drivers could appeal when they pay their fines. In such a situation, one of the tickets would be canceled.


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