Standards proposed to regulate e-tricycles
China’s boom in e-commerce has led to a massive growth in the use of electric freight tricycles to deliver packages, and now a draft of a compulsory technical standard has been released for public review.
The draft lays out the standard for size of the delivery tricycles and the limitation on their speed and carrying capacity, according to State Post Bureau.
In 2015, the income from express delivery reached 276 billion yuan ($42.7 billion), a 35 percent rise, and the business volume reached 20.6 billion pieces, a 48 percent increase, from the previous year. About 110 million deliveries were undertaken daily.
As most of the couriers use electric freight tricycles to deliver packages, the increase in the number of e-tricycles has posed a threat to road safety.
Two farmers till the ground with the help of an oxen-drawn plow during apricot flowering season, a busy farming time for Tajiks living on the Pamir Plateau in Xinjiang.