Chinese ride-hailing giant Didi is rolling out a feature on its bike-rental platform allowing its users to report each other for “uncivilized” behavior.

The feature enables users to blow the whistle on others who have damaged or vandalized bikes, used a bike for a prolonged period, or parked improperly. Didi told TechNode that it started rolling out the reporting function gradually in early December.

Once reported, the severity of punishments depends on factors including the seriousness of the damage to the bike and the willingness of the offender to cooperate after being caught. The company said it sends out text messages and in-app notifications to alert users before issuing punishments. In more severe cases, offenders would be handed over to the police.

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Nicole Jao is a reporter based in Beijing. She’s passionate about emerging trends, news, and stories of human interest within the world of technology. Connect with her on Twitter or via email: nicole.jao.iting@gmail.com.