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China Has a Novel Way to Aid People in Traffic Jams

Posted by w_thames_the_d on January 8, 2011

In an interesting move to stem frustration in Traffic jams, some Chinese are proposing an interesting scheme/scam. When a person is trapped in a traffic jam they can call for a quick pick up via motorcycle and a substitute will drive their cars for them. In any country but China it may be a good idea. But, here there will be too much haggling about inspecting the car before turning over the keys, lost cars and incidences of theft/claimed theft.

from here:
“BEIJING – With more Chinese people getting behind the wheel every day, traffic jams are a major headache in most cities but the gridlock has become an opportunity for some entrepreneurs who are offering an escape route – for a price. Drivers who get stuck in traffic in some cities can now get on their mobile phones and call for a substitute to take their cars to their destinations while the frustrated drivers are whisked away on the back of a motorcycle.

“One important source of our customers is female drivers, some of whom feel physically uncomfortable if they wait in cars in traffic for too long,” said Huang Xizhong, manager of a company that offers the service in Wuhan, the capital of Central China’s Hubei province.

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