The Shenzhen government is aiming the social credit system at the bike sharing industry.
Enterprises and individuals violating regulations regarding the deployment and use of shared city bikes will be included on an ‘untrustworthy list’ (失信名单). Blacklisted bike-sharing companies will be prevented from increasing the number of bikes available in the city.
Individuals who are placed on the untrustworthy list will be banned from using rental bikes for one year and record of their violations will be included in their social credit record. The government specified three main behaviors that will lead to individual blacklisting:
- Destroying or stealing rental bikes
- Privately renting or advertising rental bikes
- Illegal cycling or parking of rental bikes
Shenzhen is not the first city government to leverage the SCS to solve localized problems. Similar schemes have been adopted in in Shanghai, which is using social credit to enforce its new waste management policies; In Jinan, a citizen’s social credit can be impacted by not leashing their dog in a public place; and in Anqing, authorities have threatened to apply the SCS against jaywalkers.