POSTED: Monday, April 29, 2013 - 9:07am
UPDATED: Monday, April 29, 2013 - 9:11am
(CNN) — Top military officials in China might soon be forced to trade in their luxury cars for something a little less flashy. Official state media reports China has banned the use of military license plates on expensive cars.
The new guidelines are the latest anti-corruption measures undertaken by the image-conscious government of president Xi Jinping. In the past, some owners of military license plates openly ignored traffic rules and skipped required toll payments.
Under the new regulations, the plates are now banned on Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Lincoln, Cadillac, Volkswagen Phaeton, Bentley, Jaguar and Porsche models. More broadly, they can't be used on cars with engines larger than three liters or worth more than 73-thousand dollars.