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Confusion Over Scooter Future Causing Hazard

UNCERTAINTY over the future of liquefied petroleum gas scooters in Shanghai is creating a safety hazard, it is claimed.

For tens of thousands of LPG scooter owners have stopped having gas canisters inspected, as they have been told the vehicles will be phased out in little more than a year.

But while city police have stated a 2013 deadline, no legislation has been issued banning LPG scooters, leaving scooter owners bemused.

"To be or not to be," said Zhang Dawei, a veteran LPG scooter rider, only half joking.

"It's strange that no one has a definite answer."

Introduced as a more environmentally friendly replacement to petrol scooters in 2002, it is estimated that Shanghai has 280,000 LPG vehicles.

Two major local scooter providers said more than 80,000 have not had their LPG bottles checked - leading to an increased danger of them exploding. An LPG scooter gas canister should be inspected every five years.

One rider, surnamed Wang, asked: "Why should I bother spending hundreds of yuan for the check on a scooter that may not be in use much longer?"


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