Reg­is­tra­tion sys­tem to strengthen over­sight on ex­press-de­liv­ery tri­cy­cles

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - CHINA - By DU JUAN du­juan@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Bei­jing this month in­tro­duced a reg­is­tra­tion sys­tem for ex­press-de­liv­ery tri­cy­cles by stan­dard­iz­ing the ap­pear­ance of such ve­hi­cles and is­su­ing safety in­struc­tion cards to couri­ers, of­fi­cials said.

In­sur­ance poli­cies for the tri­cy­cles have also be­come a must for ex­press-de­liv­ery com­pa­nies.

The new coat­ing for elec­tric tri­cy­cles, pri­mar­ily on the cargo trunk, fea­tures the word “kuaidi (ex­press)”, with the ve­hi­cle’s eight-digit reg­is­tra­tion num­ber on the top half, and the com­pany’s logo and con­tact in­for­ma­tion on the bot­tom half.

“About 57,000 tri­cy­cles had com­pleted re­coat­ing by early this month, in­clud­ing 40 de­liv­ery com­pa­nies,” said Niu Jian­ming, of­fice di­rec­tor at the Sec­re­tariat of Bei­jing Ex­press As­so­ci­a­tion. “Some old tri­cy­cles do not meet the set stan­dards, and we are urg­ing the com­pa­nies to dis­card them.”

“We reg­is­ter the in­for­ma­tion of every tri­cy­cle, in­clud­ing its reg­is­tra­tion num­ber and its owner,” said Zhao Xin, an of­fi­cial from Bei­jing’s traf­fic man­age­ment bureau.

Ac­cord­ing to Zhao, traf­fic po­lice of­fi­cers will use such in­for­ma­tion to track down com­pa­nies if an ex­press-de­liv­ery tri­cy­cle is found break­ing the law. Cit­i­zens can also re­port se­vere breaches of traf­fic rules through a hot­line, quot­ing the tri­cy­cle’s reg­is­tra­tion num­ber.

In ad­di­tion to the uni­fied ap­pear­ances of the tri­cy­cles, com­pul­sory in­sur­ance and manda­tory training ses­sions for couri­ers are also listed in the reg­u­la­tory mea­sures.

“Our tri­cy­cles have been cov­ered by full in­sur­ance pack­ages, cov­er­ing com­mon sit­u­a­tions,” said a branch run­ner of ZTO Ex­press, a com­pany re­cently listed on the New York Stock Ex­change, who de­clined to be named.

“The tri­cy­cle is only a car­rier,” Niu said. “It’s the over­all qual­ity and safety aware­ness that need to be im­proved.”

He said ex­press com­pa­nies will re­ceive pun­ish­ments, in­clud­ing re­stric­tions on re­new­ing reg­is­tra­tion of tri­cy­cles, if the as­so­ci­a­tion gets too many com­plaints about their couri­ers, adding that new meth­ods, such as the use of GPS chips, will help reg­u­late the in­dus­try in the fu­ture.

How­ever, Niu said this is only a tem­po­rary, self-dis­ci­plinary ap­proach dur­ing a tran­si­tion phase, as the na­tional stan­dard is yet to be is­sued.

The le­gal sta­tus of elec­tric tri­cy­cles re­mains am­bigu­ous, as they are yet to be cat­e­go­rized as ei­ther mo­tor­ized or non­mo­tor­ized ve­hi­cles, mean­ing there is a lack of con­sis­tency in the law when deal­ing with ac­ci­dents in­volv­ing such tri­cy­cles.

In ad­di­tion, to de­liver nu­mer­ous pack­ages as quickly as pos­si­ble, some couri­ers choose to ig­nore traf­fic rules, in­clud­ing driv­ing rapidly in the bi­cy­cle lane or run­ning red lights.

Liang Shuang con­trib­uted to this story.

LONG WEI / FOR CHINA DAILY

In leaf

A child looks at a sofa made of leaves on the China Academy of Art cam­pus in Hangzhou, Zhe­jiang prov­ince, on Tues­day. A fes­ti­val fea­tur­ing art works made of leaves was launched at the academy on Mon­day. The event runs through the end of this month.

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