Shanghai’s streets are becoming increasingly clogged up as the number of car owners has surged in recent years. But, it’s no longer just cars and scooters that are causing problems on the city’s roads. Users of motorized transportation devices, including two-wheeled segways and electric unicycles, have been urged by police to steer clear of the streets, according to a statement released yesterday.
Shanghai Daily reports that there is currently no law to keep the streets free of these particular transportation devices.
Sun Guofu, a spokesman for Shanghai’s traffic police department, said “By law in Shanghai, all personal transport vehicles, whether motorized or not, must be licensed to travel on the roads. As no license is needed for these new machines, they cannot be classed as personal transport vehicles.”
Sun also said that in order to maintain the safety of other road users and pedestrians, traffic police will order any riders off the streets.
The police have yet to say what their stance is on animals riding motorized transportation devices, however. Sadly, Scooter Pooch’s days of cruising the streets may well be numbered.
By Robert Ridley
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