Tuesday, 21. October 2014
13. 08. 14. - 15:00
Chinese officials have promised to reconsider the decision to put an extremely low clearance bar in place to stop large vehicles going down a tiny street after dozens of vehicles ended up getting their tops shaved off.
Installing the clearance bar, which only stretches up the height of a very tall man at 2.2 metres, was the simplest way road traffic officials in the city of Ziyang in south-western China’s Sichuan Province could think of to make sure only smaller vehicles passed through.
But after the latest victim to the clearance bar turned out to be a police van on an emergency call, the council has now promised to reconsider. So many vehicles however have already fallen victim to the extra low clearance bar that even has its own webpage on the Chinese version of Facebook. The pictures show construction vehicles, lorries, and even another police vehicle on a previous occasion being damaged by the low bar.
And in the meantime, somebody seems to have taken matters into their own hands by demolishing one section of the bar. Council official said they did not know if it was a heavy goods vehicle that knocked it over or whether it was vandals.
The low clearance bar had also been criticised by businesses on the street including the telecommunications firm and several shops, that complained lorries forced to turn round or crashing at the barrier were causing huge traffic jams.
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