The Shenzhen city traffic police recently announced plans to create a new management platform to regulate takeout delivery vehicles and drivers. If a delivery driver accumulates three traffic citations, then the driver will be prohibited from delivering for any takeout delivery platform for a one-year period. Delivery platforms will also be blocked from sending information to the driver.
According to data this year from the Shenzhen traffic police, electric bicycles have so far been involved in 100,000 traffic violations, and of these violations, drivers for takeout delivery platforms were involved in 33,459 incidents.
To reduce the occurrence of traffic accidents, the Shenzhen traffic police will establish a takeout delivery vehicle detailed management system to manage delivery vehicles and drivers using their identification information. If a takeout delivery vehicle is involved in an accident, the company managing that vehicle will be held legally responsible.
Chen Xiongjie, manager for Chinese online ratings, group buy, and food O2O business Meituan-Dianping's operations in Shenzhen, said that Meituan will work with the traffic police to enforce the one-year penalty for drivers who accumulate three traffic citations.
The Shenzhen traffic police said that it will also release information to the public on a monthly basis to show the number of traffic violations involving takeout delivery businesses and each company's violation rate, and it will meet with the operators of the top three enterprises with the highest traffic violation rates.
Editor's Note: For more information on this topic, please see "Meituan Waimai Standardizes Management of Take-out Delivery Vehicles," MD 1/19/17 issue.