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New Bike-sharing Rules: The Role of Government, Operators and Users

November 2017 - Transport. Legal Developments by Han Kun Law Firm.

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Authors: Gloria XU, Cheng CHEN, Qianfei WANG

On August 1, 2017, the Guiding Opinions on Encouraging and Regulating the Development of Internet Bicycle Rentals (Jiao Yun Fa [2017] No. 109) (the “Opinions”) was jointly promulgated with State Council approval by ten ministries and departments, including the Ministry of Transport, the Publicity Department of CPC, the Office of the Central Leading Group for Cyberspace Affairs, the National Development and Reform Commission, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, the Ministry of Public Security, the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development, the People's Bank of China, the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine and the National Tourism Administration. Before the promulgation of the Opinions, which is the first national departmental rules specially aimed at the Internet bicycle rental (hereinafter referred to as "bike-sharing") industry, road traffic administration or other related departments in Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Shijiazhuang and several other cities had successively released normative documents or drafts for comments of such documents related to bike-sharing industry.