Beijing has joined Shanghai and other cities in regulation the use of the self-balancing electric scooters might see these scooters classified as motor vehicles that should be registered with traffic authority according to a report in the China Daily. The scooters will only be private use and are not allowed on the roads and could penalties such as fines. The scooter has been termed as a major threat to orderly traffic and the safety risks it poses to riders as most people don’t use helmets or pads.
The popularity of these scooters had soared as they can reach speed of 20km per hour and the added benefits of the portability, of not having to think about parking fees and where to park, also the fact that all it needed to navigate is to shift the weight to make it turn.
The scooter’s use in shopping malls by security guards are increased as they could cover more ground when on patrol and reach emergency sites faster. The exact penalties to be issued will be structured later on.