Fake military vehicles clog Chinese roads

Guang Niu/Getty Images Since July 2006, the Chinese People’s Liberation Army has discovered “4,112 fake military vehicles and 6,373 stolen or bogus military number plates,” Xinhua reports. Why the counterfeiting? Because vehicles with military plates don’t have to pay for tolls or parking, and they’re far less likely to get pulled over for speeding. I ...

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Since July 2006, the Chinese People's Liberation Army has discovered "4,112 fake military vehicles and 6,373 stolen or bogus military number plates," Xinhua reports.

Why the counterfeiting? Because vehicles with military plates don't have to pay for tolls or parking, and they're far less likely to get pulled over for speeding.

Guang Niu/Getty Images

Since July 2006, the Chinese People’s Liberation Army has discovered “4,112 fake military vehicles and 6,373 stolen or bogus military number plates,” Xinhua reports.

Why the counterfeiting? Because vehicles with military plates don’t have to pay for tolls or parking, and they’re far less likely to get pulled over for speeding.

I wonder, what kind of vehicles are we talking about here? Tanks? APCs? Some clever Chinese fraudsters have already fabricated a Ferrari, so why not?

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