You’re not going to believe this, but Beijing police are finding it rather difficult to implement a new ban on electric scooters and segways.
The predictably troublesome ban went into effect last week in both Beijing and Shanghai with traffic police authorized to hand out verbal warnings and fines of 10 RMB to violators. There’s just a few problems:
“We did not get any specific notices for how to implement these regulations,” one police officer told ECNS.
“I will stop a rider when I see him or her using it on the road. But whether to give a fine depends on their attitude,” another added.
Anyway, it’s unclear how much good a 10 RMB fine will do. Electric scooters and segways are becoming increasingly popular in Chinese cities as a way to weave through streets packed with traffic jams. The problem is that these types of vehicles have no national safety standards — they aren’t classified as either motor vehicles or non-motorized ones according to Chinese law.
While they are only supposed to be able to travel at a maximum speed of 20kph, many have been modified to go much faster. This fact, combined with notoriously faulty brakes and lights, led to the bans in Beijing and Shanghai.
How much good is the ban doing after one week? Well, take some time and stand at an intersection and see for yourself.