New regulation bans rickshaws from Chengdu's central areas
Most three-wheeled vehicles have been banned from Chengdu's city roads starting today, reported the West China City Daily.
The ban covers all lightweight three-wheeled passenger vehicles, including gas and electric-powered sanlunche, as well as 150cc motorbikes.
Such vehicles are forbidden from all Chengdu roads within the High-Speed Ring Road (sometimes referred to as the Fourth Ring Road).
The new regulations were announced on May 27 by the Chengdu Transportation Bureau.
The same department estimated that there are in excess of 930,000 such vehicles in the city. But less than 10 percent of those move within the Third Ring Road.
The other 90-plus percent mostly travel between the Third and Fourth Ring Roads, and these are the main target of the regulations.
The new laws also regulate the production, sales, registration, and model types of lightweight motor vehicles. They do not cover electric bicycles or electric wheelchairs.
Exceptions will be made for some vehicles that display a special permit allowing them to enter the city. Currently, just over 3,000 vehicles hold such permits.
Drivers who disobey the law will face an RMB100 fine and a deduction of 3 points from their driving record. The penalty for driving such a vehicle with no license—which is common in Chengdu—is RMB1,000 or 15 days in prison. For driving an unregistered vehicle, licensed drivers can be fined RMB200.