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Safety tests for rides at theme parks

LOCAL quality authorities are to carry out a risk assessment on older theme park rides in the city.

The Shanghai Municipal Bureau of Quality and Technical Supervision said yesterday that half of the 333 rides in Shanghai had been in operation for five years, while another 20 percent were older than 10 years.

"Some of rides have exceeded their projected life, but we found that their status was not bad enough to retire them," said Shen Weimin, deputy director of the bureau. "Therefore, we allow them to go on serving people, but we'll ensure they'll have no safety problem."

Owners of the rides can test their rides, and report the results to the bureau, officials said.

"If the rides are in a dangerous state, they will be seized," Shen said.

Tests will be completed before the October "Golden Week." Happy Valley and the Jinjiang Amusement Park will be among those inspected.

A new regulation on the management of entertainment rides, which will come into force in October, says authorities will carry out regular quality tests and publish inspection results once a year.


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