E-bike Ban Still in Effect Despite Complaints from Residents
Despite complaints coming from residents the motorcycle and e-bike ban still remains in force in Shenzhen. During a meeting last week the city has required related departments to control the source of the bikes production, to further improve traffic facilities, enforce tougher measures that will tackle bikes and motorcycles that are not in national standards and to increase public transportation investment.
Authorities are setting a target that will reduce e-bike related accidents don to 5 percent year on year and will be losing some shops that are selling e-bikes that are not within national standards. The city transport commission is also setting up more bus routes going to remote villages and communities to lessen the use of these e-bikes and police to tighten checks and fully control illegal taxi services offered by e-bike users. But even with these tough rules e-bikes are still being used as taxis and traffic police have already impounded more than 400,000 e-bikes from 2013 to 2014. Plus the number of shops that sells and fixes e-bikes have double to a thousand in 2014.
E-bike related road accidents for the past six years if around 18 percent and those involved in fatal accidents is around 37 percent. E-bikes are easy to purchase and used one usually costs 300 to 400 yuan. From 2012 until 2014 Shenzhen courts has handled seven cases wherein motorcycles and e-bikes drivers have caused injury trying to elude police resulting to around 320 officers injured in dealing with violations. 90 percent of the roads in Shenzhen do not have any motor lanes making it unsuitable for motorcycles and e-bikes.