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Harried Chinese Drivers Breathe Easier Thanks to New 'Traffic Jam-Busting Service'

by Tanya Thomas on January 11, 2011 at 9:39 AM
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 Harried Chinese Drivers Breathe Easier Thanks to New 'Traffic Jam-Busting Service'

With traffic jams becoming a major problem in China, drivers who get stuck in traffic can now get on their mobile phones and call for a substitute to take their cars to their destinations, while the frustrated drivers are whisked away on the back of a motorcycle.

Throughout China, congestion is becoming a major problem, not only in mega-cities such as Beijing and Shanghai but smaller ones and even some county seats in coastal provinces.

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"One important source of our customers is female drivers, some of whom feel physically uncomfortable if they wait in cars in traffic for too long," said Huang Xizhong, manager of a company that offers the service in Wuhan.

"Other customers are those with urgent dates or business meetings to go to, and those who have flights to catch and can't afford to wait in a traffic jam for too long," the China Daily quoted Huang, as saying.
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Huang said he started offering the service last year after receiving a number of calls from people who were stuck in traffic.

The service has also hit the streets in Jinan, capital of East China's Shandong province. There, drivers can be bailed out of a back-up for upwards of 400 yuan (60 dollars).

According to a global survey conducted by IBM last year, Beijing is tied with Mexico City as having the world's worst commute.

Some 84 percent of respondents said they spent an hour on the road each day on average in each direction.

Source: ANI
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