BEIJING, July 6, 2015:
The driver of a long distance bus in central China, desirous of making a fast buck, cut a hatch under a bunk so that more passengers could ride in the luggage hold, the Wuhan Evening News
According to a report in the South China Morning Post
, quotingWuhan Evening News,
the driver aroused suspicion on Saturday when he ignored a highway patrol officer’s signal to stop.
He was flagged down during a routine check on the Xianning section, in Henan province, of the Beijing to Macau expressway.
When the driver finally pulled over, he said the bus’ door was broken, and later that it was unsafe to open. This only made officers more suspicious. They demanded that the door be opened.
The officers found nothing unusual and the bus appeared to be in order. But when they began to examine the luggage hold, the driver insisted that the officers should leave, saying that the door was broken and he was running late.
The cops opened the baggage door and found several people inside. Another check found a hatch cut under a bunk that led into the luggage area.
The driver said he changed the bus to transport more people. The bus was carrying 50 people, above its limit of 46.
The driver was fined and half his demerit points out of a total of 12 were deducted.