Wuhan po­lice black­list shared-bike sabo­teurs

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - CHINA -

WUHAN — Any­one found to have van­dal­ized rental bikes will be banned from us­ing the ser­vices, un­der an ini­tia­tive in Wuhan, Hubei prov­ince, that takes a harsh view of of­fend­ers.

Traf­fic po­lice in Wuhan have black­listed 216 peo­ple and banned them from us­ing shared bikes, such as Mo­bike or Ofo, for at least three months, the po­lice an­nounced on Tues­day.

The van­dal­ism in­cluded scratched QR codes, pur­pose­ful dam­age and keep­ing the bikes in ar­eas in­ac­ces­si­ble to oth­ers. It’s also against the rules to carry peo­ple in the bas­kets, the po­lice said. Bas­kets are de­signed for a max­i­mum of 5 kilo­grams.

The list was com­piled by traf­fic po­lice and shared bike com­pa­nies.

Shared ve­hi­cles, such as GPS-en­abled bi­cy­cles, are now com­mon­place on many Chi­nese streets. It is es­ti­mated that there are more than 10 mil­lion shared bikes un­der 30 com­pa­nies across the coun­try. Mo­bike and Ofo ac­count for more than 90 per­cent of the mar­ket.

Wuhan au­thor­i­ties es­ti­mate there are about a half-mil­lion shared bi­cy­cles in the city.

Poor man­age­ment, bad cycling eti­quette and bikes that clut­ter side­walks are all headaches for the traf­fic po­lice. In re­sponse, Shang­hai and Tian­jin have drafted reg­u­la­tions that spec­ify a ser­vice life of three years for the bikes and de­mand that com­pa­nies hire at least one maintenance em­ployee for ev­ery 200 bikes.

Un­der Wuhan’s new rules, van­dals or un­safe rid­ers will be banned from us­ing the ser­vices for life. Those who park bikes on bridges, in tun­nels or on high­ways without care, or who al­low a child un­der the age of 12 to ride a bike, will be banned for six months. Other mi­nor of­fenses come with a three-month ban.

The city also prom­ises to fine of­fend­ers.

Wuhan traf­fic po­lice will share the black­list with bi­cy­cle providers, which will have to sus­pend the user ac­counts within five days of be­ing no­ti­fied.

Black­listed rid­ers may re­sume ac­cess to the bikes af­ter they have im­proved their un­der­stand­ing of traf­fic rules by vol­un­tar­ily tak­ing a class of­fered by the city.

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