On June 1, China established a new traffic policy stating all electric scooter and motorcycle riders are required to wear helmets. As a result, 200 million bike helmets are in demand as manufacturers increase the prices for helmets.
Only a mere 30 percent of the estimated 250 million e-scooter riders wear helmets. This new law was implemented to ensure safety due to the high accident percentage amongst e-scooter riders, such as the reported 31,404 accidents in Beijing in 2017. Provinces such as Jiangsu and Zhejiang are determined to charge offenders 50 RMB if they do not wear a helmet.
Dongguan police are spreading awareness on safe driving and traffic dangers. Though the policy is China wide, the penalty for not wearing a helmet in Dongguan was not specific.