China Watch Blog has learnt that Shenzhen may restrict the use of electric bikes instead of banning them.
According to a draft handed to lawmakers for a second reading on June 27, industries that rely heavily on electric bikes, such as the postal service, can apply to police for permits.
“Police can restrict electric bikes at designated times according to the situation,” the draft says.
According to national standards, electric bikes must weigh no more than 40 kg and the maximum speed will be restricted to 20 kilometers per hour.
“Electric bikes that fail the standards will be banned from roads,” the draft says. Riders who break the speed limit will be punished.
The draft remains tough on people using electric bikes as taxis.
The draft was revised and submitted to lawmakers for a second reading after a wide public opinion poll. Many residents opposed a ban on electric bikes because it would greatly inconvenience commuters and some businesses.
Shenzhen police had initiated a six-month rule to restrict electric bikes from entering six districts except Pingshan and Guangming new zones, and four remote sub-districts in Longgang from June 6.