How do you get ridiculously long and massively heavy electrical poles to your construction site without hiring an expensive, purpose-built transport truck? If you're in China, DIY! Workmen in Wenzhou get their poles to the holes quickly, cheaply and one-at-a-time thanks to a little ingenuity and some very loose traffic regulations.
The heart of the improvised pole-carrier is a common “iron ox” - a two-stroke, two-wheeled tractor commonly used in China for mining, construction and agriculture. It's estimated around 10 million of the tractors are in use at any one time and they're prized for their versatility: hook one up to a trailer or other non-powered cart and you've got a cheap, rudimentary truck!
That's exactly what the Wenzhou construction crew did, with the bonus being the rear wheeled platform that allows the 9-man crew to hitch a ride to the pole's ultimate destination. As for the driver, he gets to sit up front and operate the steering, power and brakes while sitting on what must be the worst car-seat in China... because there IS no seat.
Check out the short news video from Beijing Cream and see this unique vehicle on the road. Needless to say, there are no brake lights, doors, horn, seatbelts or cupholders:
What do the local county mounties have to say about the rolling pole-mobile? Not much it seems, they were too busy picking their jaws up off the ground to consider issuing any citations to the “driver”. One befuddled officer admitted, in fact, that “no one had seen anything like it before.” That's some nice police work there, Lu.
Regardless of the Sino-Smokey's self-proclaimed ignorance, improvised DIY vehicles pop up on China's famously eclectic highways and biways with surprising frequency. Remember the rotating twig broom street-sweeper (left) that made the rounds online a year ago?
The complementary combination of loose road safety regulations, lax enforcement of what rules there are, pressure to economize on most any size project and, last but not least, a “can do” attitude that empowers people to git 'er done with what's at hand make such astonishing sights possible. Best of all, no construction workers were hurt in the making and using of this long, thin, instant vehicle... or so we hope. (via M.I.C Gadget, The Blaze, and Jalopnik)