Shanghai is mulling rules to regulate the sizzling yet reckless development of the city’s bike-rental sector, local media is reporting (in Chinese).

The new rules, expected to be introduced in May and come into effect in June or July this year, are the latest government efforts to deal with the growing problems emerging with the bike-rental boom, such as illegal parking of bikes, failures in contacting customer service and slow deposit refunds.

Under the new regulation, bike-rental firms are requested to have three-year-old bikes scrapped off the road, for quality and safety considerations. In addition, firms should return the deposit or prepaid expenses within seven days upon users’ request.

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Sheila Yu

Sheila Yu is a Shanghai-based technology writer. She brings readers the biggest news from Chinese language tech media. Reach her at sheila@technode.com.