It’s not rare that a startup launches just to eventually fail. One such project finds itself fresh out of luck in that aspect. Inspired by other ride-hailing services in China, such as Grade, Lude Chuxing was launched, enabling residents to drive passengers on electric and gas-fueled motorcycles and three-wheeled electric cars.
Sited in media reports, the app was downloaded more than 5,000 times on its first day. However, the local transportation authorities hadn’t condoned the operation and services were halted earlier this month due to violations of the local transport services rules. Owners of electric motorbikes must apply for registration according to regulations. They must submit their drivers’ identity card, vehicle certifications, and insurance, along with any other applicable documentation.
In Nanning, China, when it came to how the residents took to the new service was quite divided. Some praised Lude Chuxing as a cheap and environmentally friendly solution for avoiding traffic. Others complained that many drivers were reckless in their driving, disobeying speed limits and disregarding traffic rules.
The city is known as the “city of electric bikes,” being in the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region in southern China. There are 2.51 million registered electric motorbikes in the city, the highest number in China. This makes the streets a little more dangerous for drivers.
The rent of electric bikes is becoming looked down upon in several cities in China including, Nanning, Hangzhou, Zhengzhou, and Shanghai which are starting to ban the practice.