Elec­tronic scoot­ers banned on roads in more cities

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Bei­jing has banned elec­tronic scoot­ers and Seg­ways on pub­lic roads amid tight­en­ing reg­u­la­tions on the grow­ing pop­u­lar­ity of new trans­porta­tion tools, the Bei­jing Evening News re­ported on Au­gust 28.

The ban in­cludes a 10 yuan fine for vi­o­la­tors. The fine ranges from 5 to 50 yuan based on dif­fer­ent sit­u­a­tions.

Many other cities have turned a cold shoul­der to such in­no­va­tive rid­ing tools, with Shang­hai, Wuhan, Guangzhou and Chengdu also is­su­ing bans.

Ac­cord­ing to China's Law on Road Traf­fic Safety, such rid­ing tools can only be used in a closed com­mu­nity road or in in­door venues. Elec­tronic scoot­ers have a max­i­mum speed of 30km/h and a treach­er­ous break­ing system and are favoured by of­fice work­ers who pre­fer a con­ve­nient and fast way to get to their work place amid traf­fic jams and moon­light­ing des­ig­nated driv­ers.

In 2015, a driver of an elec­tric scooter was sen­tenced to a prison term and fined 650,000 yuan (around $97,500) af­ter fa­tally hit­ting a man in Shang­hai.

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