The driver of a ‘homemade’ Smart car was held for investigation after he was seen driving with a fake license plate on Longteng Road in Xuhui District last week, according to the Shanghai Morning Post.
The driver was pulled over when police noticed the car waiting for traffic lights on Wednesday and thought it looked suspicious, Shanghai Daily reports. Upon closer inspection, police realized that the license plate was a printed cardboard.
The 39-year-old car owner, Jiang, told police that he works at a company in Shanghai but he bought the car in Shandong province.
He said the car was made by an unlicensed workshop and was powered by battery. Police gave him a ticket for driving with an unlicensed vehicle and for driving with a fake plate.
China’s steadily worsening air pollution has apparently resulted in a surge of “clean cars” in the country this past year. Car maker BYD in December 2013 released a hybrid sedan that created a buzz in the market, and said that a dozen or so electric cars will be available to the domestic market this year, according to People’s Daily.
China’s Ministry of Finance and other four ministries jointly issued a notice about promoting new energy cars on Sept. 13, 2013, which stated government financial subsidies for new energy vehicles. It dispelled worries among domestic new energy automobile manufacturers and encourages them to spend more efforts in research of clean vehicles.