China issued a special electric tricycle express m
National post and delivery authority has recently released a draft of technical requirements for electric tricycles used by delivery companies for public review. It is the first national compulsory standard for delivery vehicles in China. China's booming e-commerce has led to a surge in the express delivery industry. In 2015, the income of express delivery reached 276 billion yuan ($42.7 billion), a 35 percent rise, and the business volume reached 20.6 billion pieces, a 48 percent increase, from the previous year. The draft specifies that delivery tricycles can be no more than 1 meter wide, 3 meters long and 1.4 meters high, with a maximum payload of 180 kg, excluding the driver. The draft requires maximum speed be 15 km/h while the starting speed be no faster than 5 km/h in four seconds. The draft also suggests the use of a new kind of electric tricycle equipped with a GPS terminal, a driving record and monitoring platforms. Tricycles used for delivery services should be labeled "express" in front. The SPB's proposed regulation is the latest national-level effort to standardize electric tricycles, after local authorities in cities such as Beijing and Shenzhen in Guangdong Province began to ban electric bicycles and tricycles on certain roads. While Shenzhen police have explained that the policy does not target the express delivery industry, the new prohibition still puts the industry in a tough spot. Some 1,000 couriers are estimated to be sacked after Shenzhen's ban, the China Business Journal (CBJ) reported, citing the city's traffic police and express industry association. Although one of the most-discussed issues was whether it would allow e-tricycles to carry number plates and run on roads as cars, the draft does not give detailed regulation on the issue but only offers guidance.
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