China bans small electric vehicles on streets

Beijing has announced a ban on small electric vehicles plying on its streets after it was found that many of the vehicles lacked proper brakes and lights, and users often flouted the speed limit fixed for them. According to China Radio International on Tuesday, first time offenders will be fined 10 yuan and issued a verbal warning to keep their vehicles off public areas, EFE news reported. The ban comes barely a day after Beijing Consumers’ Association published a study that said 19 out of the 20 electric vehicles investigated did not have proper brakes and 16 of them flouted the 20 kmph speed limit fixed for them. Many of these vehicles also lacked lights, increasing the risks for other drivers and wayfarers after dark.