Regulations for driving an electric bike in four major cities
Shanghai: Update on the new allowable e-bike models
The Shanghai government and other relevant departments released an additional list of e-bike models that fall under the national standards. It added 484 types of vehicles to the catalog and made changes to the technical requirement of 39 types of e-bike models. The updated list of e-bike models can be found in the official notice here.
Beijing: Penalties for non-registration of e-bikes
On November 1, 2018, the Beijing government announced that riders of unlicensed e-bikes could get a fine of RMB 1000 (USD 150). However, the authorities gave a grace period until April 30, 2019, until it was officially imposed on May 1, 2019. On the other hand, those with a temporary license could drive their e-bikes until October 31, 2021.
Besides, the Beijing Traffic Management Bureau also encouraged e-bike owners to use the traffic police app to quickly check compliance and register for permits.
Shenzhen: New rules on yellow transitional signs
The Shenzhen Traffic Police along with the Bao’an and Guangming district authorities launched a pilot program for the registration of two-wheeler e-bikes. Moreover, it also issued permits to a total of 523,100 electric vehicles in the city.
E-bike license in Shenzhen is normally issued with either a white or yellow label. The white label refers to licensed e-bikes that meet the national safety standards. E-bikes with the yellow label do not meet the mandatory requirement for safety but were given a transitional period until December 31, 2021.
However, authorities later announced that two-wheeler e-bikes under the yellow label can no longer extend permits beginning June 15. Thus, it will affect e-bikes that do not meet the standard, particularly in Bao’an and Guangming districts.
Meanwhile, owners of e-bikes with a household ID card or residence permit and compliant with the national standards can register their two-wheeler vehicle.
Guangzhou: Ban on e-bikes remains
Since 2016, the local government of Guangzhou has prohibited the use of e-bikes and non-motor vehicles. But it exempts motorized wheelchairs used for disabled persons. Hence, e-bike owners may face penalties if found driving their e-bikes in the downtown districts.
Recently, a municipal official has recommended creating a new system for e-bike licensing instead of banning them. According to the report, more and more citizens demand their rights to use e-bikes on the roads. Thus, the Guangzhou official laid out the initiative to first pilot the registration in a few selected communities or districts.