Shen­zhen e-bike clam­p­down hits couri­ers

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

A crack­down on the use of un­li­censed elec­tric bikes and freight tri­cy­cles in Shen­zhen, Guang­dong prov­ince, has par­a­lyzed courier ser­vices, leav­ing de­liv­ery work­ers strug­gling to cope with piles of un­de­liv­ered pack­ages.

The cam­paign, launched by the city’s traf­fic po­lice on March 21, has re­sulted in the seizure of 17,975 elec­tric bikes by March 31, and 874 peo­ple were de­tained on charges of op­er­at­ing them il­le­gally, ac­cord­ing to the po­lice’s Sina Weibo ac­count.

Only elec­tric bi­cy­cles that have been reg­is­tered with the traf­fic po­lice are al­lowed to op­er­ate on the roads and freight tri­cy­cles have been for­bid­den in the city.

The cam­paign has hit Shen­zhen’s ex­press de­liv­ery sec­tor hard­est, be­cause most of the couri­ers use elec­tric freight tri­cy­cles to de­liver pack­ages.

The po­lice on April 1 of­fered a 15-day buf­fer pe­riod.

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