After years of lawlessness, Shanghai might actually be getting serious about the city’s scooter scourge.
On March 1st, a long-awaited ban finally went into place against all unregistered electric motorbikes — including all those with temporary licenses.
According to City Weekend, in order to get registered an e-bike must meet the following standards:
– Maximum speed cannot exceed 20km/h
– Maximum weight cannot exceed 40kg
– Continuous power output generated cannot exceed 240 watts
– Batteries cannot exceed 48 volts.
This ban actually dates all the way back to 2014. However, the problem was that at the time the city was filled with an estimated 5 million too-speedy Vespa knockoffs that didn’t meet those lofty standards. Therefore, the Shanghai government decided to implement a three-year grace period in which they would issue temporary licenses allowing scooter owners more than enough time to meet qualifications.
But those days are now officially over, and it seems that not much has changed in the past three years.
Today, Shanghai police were out in full force trying to catch people driving e-bikes with temporary licenses. Currently, fines are only 50 RMB, but they will jump up to 200 RMB on March 25th. Additionally, if you aren’t able to produce any valid registration, then police can confiscate your scooter.
Judging from photos spreading around on WeChat today, police have already accumulated quite the stockpile of scooters to sell on the second-hand market.
If you’re riding an unregistered e-bike, we’d suggest hurrying down to your nearest application center as soon as you can, though you might want to walk there just to be safe.
Last week, Shanghai Daily provided a handy list of places you can go:
Jing’an District: 251 Gonghexin Road 共和新路251号
Changning District: 251 Jinzhong Road 金钟路251号
Yangpu District: 1047 Guohe Road 国和路1047号
Hongkou District: 222 Yutian Road 玉田路222号
Xuhui District: 2138 Longwu Road 龙吴路2138号
Huangpu District: 806 Zhongshan Road (S-1) 中山南一路806号
Putuo District: 125 Fucun Road 府村路125号
Minhang District: 3 Shenbei Road 申北路3号
Pudong New Area:
1920 Longdong Avenue 龙东大道1920号
3131 Gongji Road E. 拱极东路3131号
1969 Luchaogang Road 芦潮港路1969号
Baoshan District: No.8, Lane 239, Taihe Road 泰和路239弄8号
Jiading District: 2599 Jia’an Highway 嘉安公路2599号
Fengxian District: 2142 Huhang Highway 沪杭公路2142号
Songjiang District: 337 Songdong Road 松东路337号
Jinshan District: No.38, Lane 8484, Huhang Highway 沪杭公路8484弄38号
Qingpu District: 6189 Waiqingsong Highway 外青松公路6189号
Chongming District: 901 Gulangyu Road 鼓浪屿路901号
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