News: Shanghai Finally Implements Seatbelt Fines

Traffic authorities crackdown on seatbelt and other street laws this week

by SHFamily | Tue, March 28, 2017


Just after Shanghai residents saw the recent ban of electric scooters which drive over 20 km/h, new laws just keep coming with now a sudden crack down on seatbelt enforcement.

If you were living in Shanghai prior to 2011, you may have heard about the implemented laws of seatbelt wearing but up until now, it has never really been enforced. As of the past weekend, Police are on a roll and are slapping down on traffic violations that have been put into place recently. Shanghai parents couldn't be more happy. 



Shanghai Family interviewed a few local expat parents on their take of the new rules.


Fiorella Lamberti, mother of two said:

I've been living here for 13 years and also tried to drive here myself. That didn't really work out because it was just too chaotic. I am so happy that they are finally putting these laws into place, we might finally be able to feel safe!

Alice Cosulic, also mother of two who has been driving here since 2007 said: 

I am so happy that new traffic laws have been approved. The safety of pedestrians and children on board has finally been prioritized and now traffic will run smoother in Shanghai for the best of all residents!"

Sarah Brown, mother of three living in Shanghai since 2011: 

When I first arrived in Shanghai with three little children, I found it difficult to enforce seatbelt rules for young children when it is not the law. It's been scary driving around Shanghai seeing so many children unstrapped. This is a great new ruling for safety in Shanghai for all families!

As Shanghai Expat mentioned yesterday, many people have been seen receiving fines of 20-50 quai for driving seatbelt-less. However, this isn't the only restriction.


Other laws applied are: 

1) Using a mobile phone while driving.

2) Allowing children under the age of 12 to ride in the front seat.

3) Allowing children under the age of four to ride without a booster seat.

4) Changing more than two lanes at a time can get you a ¥200 fine.

5) Those who dont give way to pedestrians on zebra crossings are fined ¥100.

License suspension could be a result of five or more breaches. But hey, this might mean that we can slowly start feeling safer around bad Shanghai drivers!



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