As of January 1st, new provisions in Shenzhen’s “Traffic Safety Management Regulations” have come into effect, which state that pedestrians have the right of way in crosswalks and all motorists who fail to yield face a 500RMB fine.
In this newly enacted legislation that requires an omniscient and omnipresent police force, Shenzhen lawmakers have apparently solved the age-old riddle “if a motorist doesn’t yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk and no police are around to see it, is society still considered civilized?”
According to the “Road Traffic Safety Law” regulations, motorists must slow when approaching a crosswalk, and stop if there are pedestrians in the crosswalk. If they fail to do either, they will be stopped and fined 500RMB (any driver trying to escape will be arrested).
Shenzhen plans to enforce these new provisions in a hardcore crack down starting on Monday, January 9th, with special patrol groups, law enforcement vehicles pulling surveillance trailers, existing intersection traffic cameras, as well as other mobile forms of on-the-spot inspection.
But, unhappy drivers, don’t fret too much. Pedestrians will also be more heavily regulated with 100RMB fines for anyone who jaywalks when a crosswalk is within 50 meters (jaywalking is allowed when there are no alternatives).
Furthermore, everyone’s favorite scourge of the road, ebikes, will also be more strictly regulated by size – so hopefully that means an end to 100 pound “bicycles” screaming by at 45MPH. Any ebike that breaks the size restriction (1.5m high, 0.15m wide, 0.3m long) will be confiscated and the driver fined up to 2,000RMB.
So, will the new laws work? Doubtful. As we’re all well aware, these laws are often trumpeted with some fanfare when they’re announced, then people wise up to where the checkpoints are and life carries on as usual. We don’t blame Shenzhen for wanting to put on a fresh new wenming face for their new year’s resolution, but as it stands now, tai chi and foreigners appear to be the best methods of traffic regulation.