Bike rental firm Mobike has updated its credit score system. Renters who misuse their bike rental system will be charged up to RMB 100 for 30 minutes of cycling. The update is global and in China comes after Haidian District Court issuing Mobike with judicial advice and increased pressure on bike rental companies from local governments in China to tackle issues of widespread bike abandonment in public spaces.

Mobike users earn and lose points for good and bad behavior. The update roles users’ existing scores into a new system split five categories: 0-300 is Poor, 301-500 is Fair, 501-600 is Good, 601-700 is Excellent and 701-1000 is Outstanding. Scores are reappraised on a monthly basis.

Users falling into the Poor bracket (0-300 points) will be charged at 100 times the normal ride fee for every 30 minute hire period. Riders rated as Fair will be charged double. Fees are generally RMB0.5 or RMB1.0 for half an hour which means Poor users will be charged RMB50-100 depending on which bike model they rent. Those with high scores will enjoy new services and cash rewards. The changes are global, meaning if a London user’s score dropped through the Fair bracket down into Poor, he or she would be paying £50 per half hour (RMB440).

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