Shenzhen to Follow Guangzhou and Ban the Sales of Electric Bicycles
The city traffic police is now following the footsteps of Guangzhou by planning to ban the selling of electric bicycles even with the growing number of these electric bikes are found on the streets and accidents happen due to the improper use of these bicycles.
Recent reports shows that the city have 500,000 electric bicycles and 80 percent of these bikes fail to meet the national standards which require them to have a maximum speed of 20 kilometers an hour and to weigh less than 40 kilograms. But some sellers have refitted these electric bicycles to meet and satisfy the demand of drivers as most of these electric bikes can reach speeds of up to 40 or 50 kilometers an hour. The main concern is safety and police worry that enforcing the traffic law will not do much since most of these drivers did not receive any training or tests so there are doubts on their driving ability.
These electric bicycles are fast on roads and most drivers tend to run red lights and sometime in the opposite direction, while some drive on expressways beside cars which is very dangerous. By this time Shenzhen has already restricted the use of electric bicycles that fail to meet national standards and by the end of September this year traffic police have impounded more than 290,000 of these illegal electric bikes.