Recently, many cities in mainland China have gradually adopted the new version of traffic lights, also known as “Jiu Gong” (Nine Squares).
Jiu Gong is a chart with 9 squares with numbers 1 to 9. These nine numbers represent the nine stars used to see the ji xiong and fengshui or the most desirable and the least desirable situations.
Similarly, the new version of traffic lights has three rows and three columns, so netizens call it “Jiu Gong” (Nine Squares). However, because of the cumbersome design, red and green lights turn on simultaneously, which easily confuse drivers and they accidentally run red lights.
Tencent said that, in response to the criticism of the new version of traffic lights on the internet, on August 21, the traffic light designer, Sun Zhengliang, started a live broadcast to explain the new rules. However, within 10 minutes of the broadcast, he was scolded by netizens to the point that he had to end the broadcast.
According to NTDTV, some car owners said that in just 5 days, they had 12 points deducted from the citizen credit system. They were worried about going even on a green light. Furthermore, the new version light display does not have a countdown light, like the amber light, which makes people unresponsive.
This station quoted some netizens: “This traffic light really complicates a simple matter!”; “How to instruct children and elders to understand the traffic lights, even I find it silly.”
Someone else said that is was to collect more money for traffic violations. The new design should be called the “money-making traffic lights.