What’s wrong with seizing the steering wheel without probation?

According to the Ministry of Public Security, the Supreme People’s Court, the Supreme People’s Procuratorate and the Ministry of Public

Security recently jointly issued the Guiding Opinions on Punishing Criminal Acts of Impairing Safe Driving of Public Transport in accordance

with the law, which further strengthens the legal protection of public transport safety order. “Opinions” focuses on the related illegal and crim

inal acts which are widely concerned by the society and impair safe driving and public order, and further clarifies the requirements for the application of law. If passengers commit

acts of obstructing safe driving, such as “seizing steering wheel, transmission lever, beating and pulling drivers”, which are highly dangerou

s, they shall be convicted and punished according to the crime of endangering public safety by dan

gerous means, and it is emphasized that probation shall not be applied even if serious consequences have not yet been caused; if there are specific situations such as “attacking d

rivers with weapons”, they shall be punished accordingly. Heavy penalties. Passengers who engage in provocative acts against other personnel, interfere with traffic operatio

n order and affect traffic safety shall be convicted and punis

hed for provocative acts or for endangering public safety by dangerous means according to specific circumstances.

The Opinion stresses that those who obstruct the functionaries of state organs by violence or threat to deal with illegal and criminal acts of

obstructing safe driving and safeguarding public traffic order according to law shall be convicted and pu

nished for the crime of obstructing public service; those who violently attack the people’s police who are performing their duties according to law shall be given heavier punishment. At the same time, in view of the fact that

a small number of drivers and passengers can not reasonably respond to disputes in practice, but violate the rules of operation or leave their duties without permission

and conflict with passengers, which seriously endangers public safety, the Opinion stipulates that drivers who commit such acts sh

all be convicted and punished for endangering public safety by dangerous means. In addition, in order to encourage crew members and p

assengers of public transport to fight against illegal and criminal acts that hinder safe driving, to stop acts that infringe on drivers a

nd passengers in time, and to take urgent measures to avoid serious harmful consequences, the Opinion also stipulates principles of legitimate defense and emergency refuge.

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