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China cafe: traffic chaos

The official Chinese highway code has strict rules. It’s too bad no one obeys them

By Mark Kitto   June 2010

There’s a truck chassis full of oranges in the middle of the roundabout on the main road in the valley. The truck crashed, and the impact took its wheels clean off. Last week there was another crash, when a truck piled into the sign that said “Slow Down.” That one didn’t make it all the way on to the centre of the island and was obstructing the traffic, so was moved off straight away. The first one is still there.

Roundabouts don’t work very well in China. Drivers already on them give way to drivers approaching. This inversion of the…

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