Electric Bicycles that Fail National Standards to be Banned
From April 1 until June 30 Shenzhen will be banning electric bicycles that do not meet national standards. A fifteen-day grace period will be given, after which, violators caught will be fined 200 yuan. Restricted areas will include port areas, terminals and trunk roads.
Businesses that use electric bicycles such as postal services, general services, collection agencies and bottled water delivery will be exempted from the restrictions. The electric bicycles will be color coded and standardized as follows; dark blue for postal and newspaper delivery, dark yellow color for public facilities rescue, sky blue for other industries. All employees that are using electric bicycles are required to wear their uniforms and carry proper identification and work certificates.
80 percent of the electric bicycles in Shenzhen fail to meet the national standards, which require bicycles to have a maximum speed of 20 kilometers per hour and weigh less than 40 kilos. Most of the bicycles in Shenzhen reach speeds of up to 50 kilometers per hour and riders often ignore traffic signals, which increases the risk of accidents.
In 2011, there were more than 400,000 accidents involving electric bikes, with the majority of bikers lacking insurance and often fleeing the scene of the accident leaving the victims struggling to get compensation. Surveys also show that 70 percent of the city’s residents are in favor of the banning of electric bicycles , while only 13 percent are opposed.