For some, watching your child head out solo on the road for the first time is a proud moment.
A very teary Rubens Barrichello recently released a video of his 15-year-old son taking him around a circuit in his race car. For others, it sends the fear of god through you. Sitting by the phone waiting for the news they have arrived at their destination. The sigh of despair when you see the insurance figures and general concern for all other road users. But for one father, the wait was too much so he decided to give his son that first taste of two wheeled freedom.
Mr. Li was heading back from work in the Nanchuan district of Chongqing (That’s in China if you hadn’t guessed) when he was spotted by CCTV. The only issue was that for a 2-kilometer stretch Mr. Li wasn’t actually in charge of the motorcycle. It was Master Li junior. His six-year-old, petrol headed son.
It took the police a few days to track down the father and son team and when they did it was the elder Li who was whisked off to the police station where he had his license revoked, was told to educate his child and was given a 2,000 yuan ($300, £233.99) fine.
Mr. Li claimed he didn’t realise it was illegal or dangerous to let the minor loose on the machine, after all his son can ride a bicycle. He also reassured police that his fully licensed foot was hovering over the brake pedal at all times. That is a relief.
Little Li Junior isn’t the only youngster to take to the roads in China. Earlier this year another six year old was seen driving a car. A twelve-year-old boy stole a bus and headed out for a 10-kilometer spin, and a five-year-old was seen driving an excavator on a building site.
Chinese parents clearly have a ‘start ‘em young’ policy.
Source: International Business Times