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Get a scooter license or face city road ban

POLICE are reminding Shanghai’s scooter and moped owners that they must get a license plate before September 1 to continue riding on the city’s roads.

There are around 5 million scooters and mopeds in Shanghai, but by Monday only 1.69 million applications for license plates had been received, according to official figures.

From September, anyone caught riding an unlicensed scooter or moped will face a fine of between 50 yuan (US$8.20) and 200 yuan.

Scooters and mopeds owned by expats must also have license plates.

The plates — which are free — are being introduced as part of new regulations that will eventually see only approved models permitted on city roads on safety and environmental grounds.

Vehicles made by manufacturers on the Shanghai Economy and Informatization Commission approved list will get permanent plates.

Owners of scooters and mopeds not on the list should apply for temporary plates which will allow a period of grace until February 2017.

The Shanghai traffic authority has opened more than 150 service centers to take applications. A list of these can be found at, though this information is only in Chinese.

Owners can get their plates at these centers by providing a receipt for their vehicle and proof of identity — a passport in the case of expat owners.

Buyers of new vehicles should apply within 15 days of purchase.

Recently, traffic police have been distributing reminder leaflets to moped and scooter riders on the streets.


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