Thursday, August 11

DUI crackdown helps China's chauffeurs

Business meetings in China traditionally about meals accompanied by much alcohol was carried out be, and the Fiery sorghum-based spirit of Baijiu remains a staple on State banquets and family celebrations. With the number of cars on Chinese roads, tripling in the last five years has the Government raided against drunk driving, imposing stiff prison sentences. Jail time and fines condemned get six months plus lose their license for five years. Benefit services dial-a-Chau.

Beijing Ben AO am da driving service that hires from chauffeurs, said that it expects that sales by 60 percent promote the tougher law this year as a result of what went into force on 1 May. "Drinking with clients part of my job is," says Jack Wang, used a seller for a Beijing telecom company, the replacement drivers about once a week. "Many companies has over dinner and alcohol to be done, but no one knows I is ready, take the chance now to go after drinks."

Police 526,000 drunk drivers caught in the past year to 68 percent from the previous year. The number of accidents in China rose 36 percent to 3.9 million in 2010, resulting in a death every nine minutes after the Ministry of public security. More than half the deaths were caused by drunk driver, according to the Ministry.

China implemented its first road traffic safety law in 2004, mandating helmets for motorcyclists and safety belts of passengers in the front seat. Change this year, the operation of a vehicle with a blood alcohol content of more than 80 mg / 100 ml - equivalent to three caught with beer - face prison terms of up to six months and a five year driving ban.

GAO Xiaosong, judge of the television's competition of China's got talent, the most high-profile drivers under the new law to be punished. The musician was sentenced to six months in prison in May and fine to authorities, said that he a four car pileup was, which injured four people in the Chinese capital. Police said he was determined that three times the permitted for alcohol.

Have JI "Yi" Feng, owner of driving Beijing Ruiyu Xingchen service, says he has to turn away some reservations, because the more stringent rules entered into force, and demand increased driver pool after his 30. Setting on-demand drivers in Beijing was in April when doubled to 10 yuan per hour in the framework of measures to curb the traffic in the city central parking fees were also popular. Car owners can more pay to let their vehicles and take a taxi home, as if she used a State driver, JI says.

Prices start of 100 Yuan after 11 pm for Ben AO am da service plus additional fees based on distance and time. Customer numbers 3000 Yuan a prepaid account. Fees for individual trips, that must be yellow 40 minutes before picking up that are then deducted as used. The company has 160 drivers until insurance co. (Group) of China, signed outfits like China Everbright Bank, China Minsheng banking, and the people's to provide services to their customers, says founder he Jin. "Some of our customers are so drunk that they may even be," he explains. "they should receive not behind the wheel."

The bottom line: a raid against drunkenness has been services in China, where more than half of the fatalities involve alcohol a boon for Chau.

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