Deputy: E-bikes should be licensed

Writer: Han Ximin  |  Editor: Holly Wang  |  From: Shenzhen Daily 

Shenzhen should establish a real-name registration system and tie-in mechanism combining information about e-bike drivers, bikes and their licenses in the city’s management plans for e-bikes, deputy Li Wei said Friday.

At the panel discussion of the Eighth Session of the Sixth Shenzhen Municipal People’s Congress on Friday, Li suggested the city install RFID (radio frequency identification) devices in communities and at intersections to recognize license plates and capture the violations of e-bike drivers. In addition, the city should alter the infrastructure of its non-motorist roads for e-bike drivers. Li also suggested the city develop an online learning system through which e-bike drivers can obtain licenses by qualifying for driving only after they pass online tests.

The suggestions were made after the number of fatal accidents related to e-bikes has increased in recent years.

A five-year data analysis provided by Li showed a total of 2,039 people were killed in road accidents in Shenzhen, of which 919 deaths involved e-bikes, accounting for 45 percent of the total.

The accidents mainly happened on the city’s truck roads. Violations such as going against red lights, illegally using vehicle lanes, driving against traffic flow and not wearing helmets were prominent.

Shenzhen roads don’t have independent lanes for e-bikes. E-bike drivers generally share pedestrian roads. Li suggested the city set up independent roads for e-bike drivers on some crowded roads, to separate them from vehicles and pedestrians.

The Eighth Session of the Sixth Shenzhen Municipal People’s Congress concluded Saturday and elected Pei Lei as vice director of the Standing Committee of the Shenzhen Municipal People’s Congress.

The session passed resolutions on reports presented by the government, the congress’ standing committee, Shenzhen Intermediate People’s Court and Shenzhen Municipal People’s Procuratorate, and the city’s 2020 budget.

The Sixth Session of the Sixth Shenzhen Municipal Committee of the CPPCC concluded Friday.