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1.17.2009

Draft CL amendments - Article 375 (2) illegal production or sale of armed forces uniforms or special symbols

Most of my readers are familiar with white-and-red military vehicle plates. As you know, drivers of cars that display a military plate are exempted from parking fees and road tolls. Most importantly, the cops will never dare to stop them. Those who are members of the PLA or the PAP, get a plate like the one below.

This is an original plate of the People's Armed Police. "2007 style", used since May 1 2007


Those who want a military plate, but are not in the army and have no friends there may end up buying a plate like this one:

This is an original plate of the People's Armed Police, but of the "99-style", hence not used anymore since 2004

even worse, they may get one like this:

This is a fake plate. Compare this plate with the one above, look at the length and breadth of the numbers.


or this one

I wonder if anyone really spent their money on such a bad fake, and how much

According to the Ministry of Commerce, trade in bogus plates has got an annual volume of 1.000.000.000 yuan. Between May and September last year, the police seized a total of more 17.000 fake licence plates. Therefore, the Central Military Commission proposed to amend relevant provisions of the Criminal Law, to cover also the theft, forgery, trade, illegal supply or use of number plates of vehicles.

Here's the proposed amendment to art. 375:

Article 375

Whoever forges, alters, buys, sells or steals or forcibly seizes the official documents, certificates or seals of the armed forces shall be sentenced to fixed-term imprisonment of not more than three years, criminal detention, public surveillance or deprivation of political rights; if the circumstances are serious, he shall be sentenced to fixed-term imprisonment of not less than three years but not more than 10 years.

Whoever illegally manufactures, buys or sells uniforms or special symbols such as number plates of vehicles of the armed forces, if the circumstances are serious, shall be sentenced to fixed-term imprisonment of not more than three years, criminal detention or public surveillance and shall also, or shall only, be fined.

Proposed amendment: Whoever illegally manufactures, buys or sells uniforms, forges, steals, buys or sells or [otherwise] illegally supplies or uses number plates of vehicles of the armed forces or other special symbols shall if circumstances are serious be sentenced to fixed-term imprisonment of not more than three years, criminal detention or public surveillance and shall also, or shall only, be fined.

非法生产、买卖武装部队制式服装,伪造、盗窃、买卖或者非法提供、使用武装部队车辆号牌等专用标志,情节严重的,处三年以下有期徒刑、拘役或者管制,并处或者单处罚金

Where a unit commits the crime mentioned in the second paragraph, it shall be fined, and the persons who are directly in charge and the other persons who are directly responsible for the offence shall be punished in accordance with the provisions of the said paragraph.

Translation courtesy CECC
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