The Shanghai Municipal Transport Commission recently issued the following requirements for the shared bicycle industry:
Effective immediately, companies are to temporarily cease deployment of new bikes in Shanghai. If a company is found to violate this policy, this action will be treated as a serious breach of trust and entered into the company's credit file.
Each company must strengthen its efforts to clear out illegally parked bikes. Companies must clear away illegally parked and overstocked bikes in a timely manner, particularly in traffic junctions, apartment complexes, hospitals, government and office building areas, and major streets. Failure to do so will result in the bikes being cleared away by a third-party agent designated by the commission, with shared bike companies bearing the cost.
The number of operations and maintenance personnel each bike-share firm employs relative to the number of total bikes deployed must comply with the previously published standards, and transported bikes as a rule are not allowed to be deployed outside of established parking areas.
Companies must recall bikes unable to provide service due to damage, lack of electricity, or other malfunctions in a timely manner in order to ensure users can use bikes without issue and the bikes can be operated safely.
According to estimates, there are currently 1.5 mln shared bikes in circulation in Shanghai.
Editor's Note: For more information on this topic, please see "Nanjing Suspends Additional Deployment of Shared Bikes," MD 8/06/17, and "Zhengzhou Suspends New Deployments of Shared Bikes," MD 7/28/17 issues.