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Free bus rides for soldiers may combat crime

A SOUTH China city is considering scrapping bus fares for soldiers to increase security for passengers and cut pollution from military vehicles.

The government of Guangzhou City in southern China's Guangdong Province has talked with army delegates about the proposal, today's Guangzhou Daily reported.

Military delegates suggested the city offer free bus rides to soldiers to encourage more of them to use public transport and discourage use of army vehicles to cut air pollution and traffic.

What's more, the report said, more soldiers riding buses could deter pickpockets and robberies.

The city now gives free bus trips to disabled soldiers, disabled civilians, senior citizens and students.


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