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BEIJING, China – South China’s Guangdong Province took the lead in the country in banning electrical bicycles on roads starting last Friday and violators will be fined 500 yuan (60 US$), with the bikes confiscated. The move is aimed at improving the city’s transportation and allowing automobiles to move at a faster speed, said a […]

BEIJING, China – South China’s Guangdong Province took the lead in the country in banning electrical bicycles on roads starting last Friday and violators will be fined 500 yuan (60 US$), with the bikes confiscated.
The move is aimed at improving the city’s transportation and allowing automobiles to move at a faster speed, said a local official.
An official with the city’s public security department blamed the increasing road accidents on electrical bikes, saying that in the first five months of this year, two people were killed and 31 others injured in 166 traffic accidents caused by electrical bicycles in the city.
The battery-driven bikes, which can drive at a speed of 60-70 km per hour, have a low safety record, the public security official said. And it’s hard for victims of the accidents to get compensation from the drivers.
Besides, more accidents and traffic jams occur if electrical bikes are allowed to drive on the roads designed especially for automobiles, he noted.
Environmental pollution caused by worn-out batteries of the bicycles is also a reason for the ban.
Currently, there are more than 40,000 electrical bicycles in Zhuhai, which is also the first city in China to ban motorcycles.
The ban, however, aroused public debate in the country on whether the regulations are legal and reasonable, with some appealing for delaying the implementation of the rules for three to five years, and others arguing that compared with the pollution caused by automobile emission, the pollution of electrical bicycles is little.
Zhou Queliang, honorary chairman of the China Society of Electrical Technology, said that the number of electrical bicyclesin China has grown from 50,000 units in 1998 to 10 million units now. This means that the vehicle is welcomed by the common people.
Statistics show there is one person killed in a road accident in China every five minutes. Each year, more than 100,000 people are killed in traffic-related accidents in the country, the highest in the world.

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