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Applications surge as temporary e-bike registration ends

E-BIKE plate application centers around the city have been flooded with applicants as temporary plates issued for illegal scooters and mopeds in the past three years expire on March 1.

Staff at the Jing’an center, near the Shanghai Railway Station, told Shanghai Daily yesterday about 370 people applied on Monday — three times the average.

In 2014, the government required scooters and mopeds to be registered and aims to gradually remove illegal ones from the road for safety and environmental reasons.

At the Jing’an center yesterday, Zhang Meide, who had just bought a new scooter when the policy was introduced, had applied for a temporary plate because she was told that the scooter was not government approved.

“I thought I’d finally replace that one on the last day of the grace period, but I decided to come earlier anyway,” she said.

Zhang received a new plate — a rectangular one resembling a car plate but much smaller — within five minutes of submitting her identity card, a photocopy and the  receipt and certificate of quality of her scooter.

In Jiading District, about 600 applicants come daily to get plates for their new scooters and mopeds at the application center on Jia’an Highway, an official there told Shanghai Daily.

The traffic police said that riders of scooters and mopeds without appropriate plates will be fined up to 200 yuan (US$30) .

The list of legal scooters and mopeds is available on, but the content is only in Chinese, although the law does apply to foreigners.

Shanghai allows only scooters and mopeds with top speed less than 20 kilometers an hour and less than 30 centimeters wide 1.35 meters long.

There are 18 bike plate application centers in 16 districts, with three in Pudong. They work from 8:30am to 5pm, Monday to Saturday.


Here's a list of all bike application centers in Shanghai.

Jing'an District: 251 Gonghexin Road 共和新路251号

Changning District: 251 Jinzhong Road 金钟路251号

Yangpu District: 1047 Guohe Road 国和路1047号

Hongkou District: 222 Yutian Road 玉田路222号

Xuhui District: 2138 Longwu Road 龙吴路2138号

Huangpu District: 806 Zhongshan Road (S-1) 中山南一路806号

Putuo District: 125 Fucun Road 府村路125号

Minhang District: 3 Shenbei Road 申北路3号

Pudong New Area:

1920 Longdong Avenue 龙东大道1920号

3131 Gongji Road E. 拱极东路3131号

1969 Luchaogang Road 芦潮港路1969号

Baoshan District: No.8, Lane 239, Taihe Road 泰和路239弄8号

Jiading District: 2599 Jia'an Highway 嘉安公路2599号

Fengxian District: 2142 Huhang Highway 沪杭公路2142号

Songjiang District: 337 Songdong Road 松东路337号

Jinshan District: No.38, Lane 8484, Huhang Highway 沪杭公路8484弄38号

Qingpu District: 6189 Waiqingsong Highway 外青松公路6189号

Chongming District: 901 Gulangyu Road 鼓浪屿路901号


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