China electric bike - Urban electric bikes

The new standards for electric bikes that came in 2010 which say an urban electric bike heavier than 40 kg's and capable of a speed more than 20 kilometers an hour will be subject to the laws and regulations applying to motor vehicles has caused annoyance to both riders and manufactures.
Referred to as the 20-40 standard. That means any electric bike heavier or faster than these limits will require a rider to get a license and insurance.
Most here in China will argue, I bought an electric bike for convenience, why do I need to register, license and insure my electric bike?
Apparently, with the new electric bicycle rules comes a bonus.
Those bikes that are legally registered will be able to use motorways.
Although to my mind, that can only be described as foolhardy and dangerous.
E-bike manufacturers admit that most bikes already weigh over the 40 kg limit and can travel faster than 20 kilometers an hour.
They say, the new rules will impact on their business and they expect demand will fall.
Not much sign of that. China now has over 2000 electric bike manufacturers, all complaining that they will lose business.
Add to this, once a bike is considered over the regulated size and speed limit. the Chinese electric bike manufacturer falls into the Chinese motor vehicle manufacturers grouping and then must show they have more than 100 million yuan in fixed assets and 80 million yuan of capital. I cannot see too many of them, either adhering to the law or loosing too much sleep over the ramifications.
They will just go on their merry way until...One day...

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