Hangzhou police seized 654 mopeds yesterday for breaking traffic rules as they launched the third crackdown this year.
Policemen set up a check point at the intersection of Zhonghe Road N. and Tiyuchang Road at 7am yesterday and stopped 20 moped drivers within three hours for speeding, having no license or plate, or using a fake license or plate.
Most people supported the police action, but some moped drivers complained. “You can’t take away my moped! I spent more than 3,000 yuan (US$472) buying it. The shop owner didn’t tell me the plate was a fake,” a man surnamed Xiong protested. He said his family relies on this moped to make a living.
A police officer named Zheng Xin explained the regulations to Xiong for about 20 minutes and detained his moped eventually.
Zheng said his team has issued fine tickets to around 10,000 moped drivers since January and has seized more than 200 mopeds.
Source: Hangzhou International Center