Starting from June 1, users in Southern China’s city of Shenzhen will be forbidden to use bike rental services for at least one week if they are found to violate road traffic regulations.

The new rules, which will be trialed this month and come into effect in July this year, are the latest efforts by local authorities to deal with the growing problems emerging with the bike-rental boom, such as illegal parking, traffic offenses, and bike accidents.

Shenzhen traffic police will share data on non-motor vehicle traffic violations with bike rental firms in the city beginning June 1, and these firms will suspend bike rental services to the road traffic regulation violators within five working days of receiving the data. A bike rental user with one traffic offense within a year will not be allowed to use the rental service for one week, two traffic offenses for one month, and three offenses for half a year.

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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.