Driver Has Bonnet Up For 9 Miles To Avoid Breakdown Fee

Story By: John FengSub-Editor:  Joseph Golder, Agency: Asia Wire Report

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This footage shows a motorist who drove with his bonnet up for nine miles after a temporary fix that involved strapping a spare battery to the engine.

The bizarre stunt, which authorities say was done to avoid calling breakdown services when the first battery failed, was seen on the streets of Taiyuan, capital of North China’s Shanxi Province.

CCTV footage from the city’s South Middle Ring Street shows the white saloon car travelling among heavy traffic with its bonnet fully up.

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The owner, who presumably could only see the road through a tiny gap between his bonnet and engine, drives the vehicle through the street with other vehicles surrounding him.

Local police say the motorist drove for over 15 kilometres (9 miles) before he finally stopped.

After he was summoned, he explained that his car battery had died, so he hook up a spare and put it on top of the engine before driving himself to the nearest garage.

That meant he could no longer close the bonnet, but it did mean he could avoid paying for a tow car, the authorities said.

The police said he recognised his wrongdoing.

The motorist was fined 200 RMB (21 GBP) for dangerous driving but avoided being docked points off his licence.

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John Feng

I am a senior journalist and editor, and have worked for a number of different news agencies over the last decade. I am currently editor-in-chief of the Asia Wire Report news wire.

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