Bei­jing, Shang­hai ban elec­tric scoot­ers from roads

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

China’s top two cities have banned elec­tric scoot­ers from roads amid safety con­cerns, de­spite the grow­ing pop­u­lar­ity of the new modes of trans­porta­tion, for which there are no na­tional safety stan­dards.

Bei­jing’s traf­fic au­thor­i­ties said that, start­ing on Mon­day, peo­ple rid­ing elec­tric scoot­ers on public roads will be fined $1.50 and told to stay off the road. The ban ap­plies to one­and two-wheeled self-bal­anc­ing scoot­ers as well.

The an­nounce­ment was made af­ter traf­fic po­lice in Shang­hai launched a cam­paign to get elec­tric scoot­ers off public roads, with po­lice of­fi­cers stop­ping rid­ers be­cause the scoot­ers en­dan­gered traf­fic safety.

Au­thor­i­ties in Guangzhou, China’s third-largest city, are also con­sid­er­ing a ban on elec­tric scoot­ers, ac­cord­ing to me­dia re­ports.

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