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共享单车实名制(gòngxiǎngdānchē shímíngzhì): Real name registration for shared bikes

China Daily | Updated: 2017-05-23 07:39

On Monday, the Ministry of Transport released a guideline to encourage and regulate the development of shared bikes, soliciting public opinions for two weeks.

As a new transport service that combines mobile internet technology and rental bikes, shared bikes are regarded as a part of the urban green transportation system, according to the guideline.

The guideline requires real name registration for the use of shared bikes. Credit management should also be enhanced through the establishment of a user and enterprise credit database and a credit reward and punishment system. Violations by enterprises and users will undermine their credit record and lead to punishments.

Moreover, the shared bike companies are forbidden to provide services to children under the age of 12, and the service providers should purchase personal accident insurance and third-party liability insurance for users. In addition, shared e-bikes are discouraged.

The guideline also clarifies that local governments have a legal liability in the management of shared bikes, and shared bikes should be incorporated into the overall development of local transportation planning.

City governments are required to construct bike lanes and designated bike parking areas. The parking areas will work as an electronic fence. Users who park bikes outside the allowed areas will not be able to lock them and will continue to be charged. Bike riders will also be guided through their app where to park properly.

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