The Beijing administration has outlawed unlawful electric three-wheelers and four-wheelers in the capital city as of Monday, the first day of 2024.
There have long been gaps in the laws governing these kinds of vehicles. Due to their generally inferior safety requirements, these cars are more susceptible to accidents; hence the need for Regulating Low-Speed EVs for Road Safety.
To exacerbate the situation, a lot of owners of these vehicles just drive them on the road without registering them due to unclear regulations. This implies that when these cars violate traffic laws, law enforcement agencies have little resources to control them. Furthermore, parking costs were waived for certain cars.
In 2022 alone, such vehicles were involved in 131 fatal accidents in Beijing, claiming 138 lives.
That’s why the traffic regulatory departments in Beijing issued a directive last year that has finally come into effect after a transition period. Those meeting safety and technology standards can still be used after registration.
In other words, the earlier ambiguity about their regulation has been removed. That should prompt manufacturers to follow safety standards more strictly in the design of such vehicles.
According to the official news release, any person over 16 years of age with limb disability can register for an electric vehicle that meets certain standards, while the transportation regulatory departments have set up over 430 taxi-hailing stations from where senior citizens can call a cab by just scanning a code. These measures serve to fill the vacancy left by the ban.
The Beijing authorities not only set a buffer period of half a year for owners to prepare for the ban, they have also provided subsidies for the owners of the banned vehicles to reduce their loss.