While a reduced number of shared bikes are spotted on the streets these days, the city continues to be frustrated by poor cyclist behavior that includes illegal parking and disobeyed traffic rules. To further curb the problem, the city authority has announced a blacklist of misbehaving riders will be developed, reports Shine.
The decision was announced during a meeting at the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference on November 19. Shanghai's Committee of Transport advised they have joined hands with local police to track violators and include them on the blacklist.
The system for the blacklist will be an online information platform established by the committee. The platform is connected to all shared-bike firms operating in Shanghai and features functions such as daily statistics analysis and management. Approximately 890 thousand shared bikes around town have been registered on the platform's database.
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To keep a tighter rein on the city's shared bikes, the committee has urged all bike-share corporations to speed up their registration process. The companies have promised to replace old bicycles with new ones and claim those seized by the authority. In three months, all unregistered bikes will be removed from the street.
Shared bike firms such as Mobike and Ofo have already commenced regulating cyclists' behaviors in their own way. Back in June, Ofo introduced its own credit system which saw users with low credit ratings incur additional fees. In September, Mobike announced that those who park illegally would be fined RMB5 upon each infringement.
The committee advised they have completed the latest draft of their regulations on shared bikes and submitted it to the government for review. The regulation is slated to be officially released by yearend. At that time, the committee will commence controlling the total of shared bikes of the city. The exact number, as is hinted by someone from the industry to Shine, is approximately 900 thousand, which is merely half the current number of bikes.
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