New E-Bike Regulations Blasted in China
But as of the first of the year, many cyclists will face a tough decision: abandon their electric bikes, pay the hefty fee for a license, insurance and registration, or risk getting caught and paying even bigger fines.
In many cities across the country, it will cost a motorcycle owner at least 600 yuan for the driving license, plate, insurance and relative fees.
The new rule also means that US President Barack Obama won't be able to ride his new Flying Pigeon electric bicycle in China. The bike, given as a gift by the state science and technology authorities during his visit to China last month, is one of the 11 types of electric bikes said by the Beijing Consumers' Association to exceed the speed and weight standard, according to the association's report on 28 sample bikes.
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