500,000 Electric Bikes to be Affected by New Ban
From June 6 to December 5 the police will be imposing a ban on electric bikes all throughout the city except parts of Guangming and Pingshan plus four subdistricts in Longgang District. Around 500,000 electric bikes will be affected and violators of the ban will be fined 200 yuan.
The ban is to control the number of accidents that involve electric bikes. Traffic police said that in 2008, 38 people were killed in accidents that involved electric bicycles. Accidents involving electric bikes has been gradually increasing every year. From 167 accidents in 2008, 230 accidents in 2009 and 268 in 2010. Accidents with electric bikes were higher than traffic accidents that involved other vehicles.
Most electric bikes users ignore traffic rules, making them more prone to accidents, with many of them are ignoring red lights, parking illegally, occupy vehicle lanes and endangering pedestrians. Since there are no designated bike lanes for these types of bicycles, most of the accidents and violations have already been disrupting road traffic.
Since 2008, traffic police have issued almost 3 million violations and confiscated around 33,400 bikes, but still the problem remains and every effort is being made to control the situation.
*This article has been edited to correct the amount of the fine initially published as 20RMB, where in fact it is 200RMB, we apologize for the mistake.