Chinese biker busted for handwritten driver's licence says Liuzhou police had been 'fine' with it for months

Motorcyclist Qin is rumbled by a police officer in Liuzhou city, Guangxi province, for riding on a fake licence and it emerged he had been doing so for months.
PHOTO: Liuzhou Traffic Police

A traffic police officer in southern China with years of experience thought he had seen everything until he pulled over a motorbike rider with a handwritten ID and licence.

The biker, surnamed Qin, claimed he had a valid driving licence when he was stopped for a routine traffic check, the Liuzhou city traffic police office in Guangxi province said.

The driving licence turned out to be a piece of paper on which the 47-year-old had his name, date of birth, the model of his motorcycle, a licence plate number and other details. In an effort to imitate the real thing, he glued a photo of himself and had the paper enclosed in a leather case, photos released by police showed.

"In many years of being a traffic policeman, this is the first time I've seen this type of licence - it's very funny," an officer said on the police's social media account. He said fake IDs or licences were common.

Police check the fake licence against the bike's number plate. Photo: Liuzhou Traffic Police

Qin said he made the "licence" but did not have the government permit to drive a motorcycle, police said.

The man told Liuzhou Evening News that he was too lazy to learn how to drive properly and did not want to spend the money on lessons, so he decided to make a fake licence. He had been driving on the forged document for months without trouble.

"It was fine usually. I did not think the traffic police would take it so seriously this time," the man was quoted as saying.

The authorities issued a 300 yuan (S$61) fine and detained Qin for 15 days. They also impounded the vehicle as its registration had expired, police said.

The incident won Qin fans on social media site Weibo, where some admired his ingenuity.

"He was very serious about this. I see it was all real information, the name and address were very detailed," a user from Chongqing wrote.

This article was first published in South China Morning Post