12 Traffic Violations that Will Cost You Your Chinese Drivers’ License

12 Traffic Violations that Will Cost You Your Chinese Drivers’ License
Aug 09, 2016 Translated by eChinacities.com

Editor’s Note: Ever wonder what if would take to lose your driver’s license in China? Here are the 12 violations that will cost you your license. If you lose your license in China, you have to go through driving school all over again!

The Chinese driver’s license runs on a point system where drivers have a total of 12 points per year. Drivers lose two points for minor violations like smoking or talking on the phone while driving. Offenses like driving in the wrong lane, speeding, and failing to stop for crossing pedestrians can cost three points, while running a red light, speeding in bad weather, and carrying too many people in your car will cost six points.


There are now 12 traffic violations that can cost drivers 12 points- their entire license. Drivers that lose 12 points in one year must re-take their driving classes and exams.  

Here are the 12 offenses that will cost you your Chinese drivers’ license:

1) Drunk Driving: Those found driving after drinking will lose 12 points on their license and their license will be suspended for 2,000 RMB. You can also face a punishment of 15 days in detention.

2) Obscured Plates: Drivers that obscure, hide part of, tamper or deface their license plates will lose 12 points from their license.

3) Hit and Run: If you are involved in a hit-and-run accident but are not brought up on criminal charges, 12 points will still be deduced from your license.

4) Speeding: Drivers who exceed the speed limit by 50% will lose their license.

5) Fake Plates: Driving with a forged driver’s license or license plates.

6) Illegal Driving: Driving a vehicle that you are not licensed or eligible to drive.

7) Highway Stops: Bus drivers cannot pick up or let off passengers on the highway, or occupy the emergency lane.

8) Wrong Way: Driving the wrong direction on the highway.

9) Crowded Buses: Coach buses and school buses cannot be 20% over capacity (including the driver). This does not apply to public buses.

10) Illegally Driving a School Bus: Driving a school bus without a bus license

11) Speeding in a School Bus or While Transporting Dangerous Goods: Exceeding the speed limit by over 20% while transporting dangerous goods in a city or on the highway. School buses and coach buses also cannot exceed the speed limit by 20%.

12) Driving While Tired: Coach bus drivers and those transporting dangerous goods must take a 20-minute break from driving after four hours.

Source: iFeng

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Aug 09, 2016 16:28 Report Abuse



"Driving While Chinese" (DWC) ought to qualify for instant revocation of all driving privileges. Period.

Aug 09, 2016 15:45 Report Abuse



this has to be a joke right?

Aug 09, 2016 15:25 Report Abuse



I like rule #6, Illegal driving. According to the title this is about 12 traffic violations that will cost you your license but how do you lose something you never had to begin with?

Aug 09, 2016 11:43 Report Abuse



A better title is: "12 Situations You May Need To Ready Your Hongbao If The Traffic Cops' Greed Outweighs Their Laziness".

Aug 09, 2016 08:57 Report Abuse



Driving in the wrong lane, speeding, failing to stop at a red light or a pedestrian crossing are occurrences I see every single day, sometimes in front of traffic police. What I never see is the police doing anything about it, and don't get me started on ebike riders. Most of those get on their bikes in the morning and leave the brain in bed.

Aug 09, 2016 07:45 Report Abuse



Not to mention intercity high-speed trains. Garlic-breathed yokels, wafting stale tobacco from sweat stained clothing, with their brood of seatless progeny running semi clad on a vehicle traveling in excess of 250 kph beggars the imagination.

Aug 09, 2016 15:53 Report Abuse



how is a license "suspended for 2,000 RMB"?

Aug 09, 2016 05:54 Report Abuse