New Standards on Electric Bikes Released to Help Crackdown Illegal Uses
Business entity or individual that will sell electric bicycles that didn’t pass the national standards will be punished based on the new regulations beginning June and will further expand as the year progresses. And by September non standard electric bicycles will be banned from the streets.
The new standards were announced by local police and market supervision authorities. Businesses caught producing non standard electric bicycles will be closed down and have their operating license revoked. City police granting electric bike users a grace period until August 31. The new national standards are requiring electric bikes to weigh no more than 40 kilograms and a maximum speed of 20 kilometers per hour. And survey recently shown that 80 percent or around 500,000 electric bikes used around the city are exceeding these standards.
These electric bikes users are mostly found in urban villages and remote communities and are often used for businesses such as restaurant deliveries and postal couriers. But local police said that some of these bikes can reach speed of 50 kilometers an hour and are frequently involved in accidents and traffic violations which sometimes are tragic. Shenzhen has restricted the use of electric bicycles on more than 190 roads and in 10 major areas.
Police have launch a hundred day action in cracking down on violations made by electric bikes users until the end of June. Riders caught in restricted areas are subjected to fines of 1,000 yuan and have their bikes impounded. If caught carrying passengers or goods the fines will be higher.