Motorbike owners told not to block stairwells
By: Zhang Ningning
16 December 2016
RESIDENTS are not allowed to park motorbikes in stairwells, by security exits or in evacuation passages.
The city is tightening fire safety management with regard to motorbikes and miscreants are warned they face penalties.
The number of fire accidents triggered by motorbikes had increased in
recent years, the city’s public security bureau said, which in turn had
caused casualties and large financial losses.
A notice released by the bureau said that property management companies or neighboring committees should stop such violations.
It is common to see motorbikes and bicycles parked randomly in
stairwells and passages in residential buildings in Shanghai, some
people even charge the batteries overnight.
“Such parking makes the passages messy and dangerous,” said a manager
surnamed Zhang, who works for a property management company in Huangpu
“Some people park their motorbikes here to avoid the monthly parking
fee, while some who have paid the money would also park in the passage,
as it’s more convenient,” he said.
The bureau’s notice said property management companies should set up
special parking places, equipped with fire-fighting facilities, for
their batteries for too long is a fire hazard
Residents are also not allowed to refit motorbikes illegally or charge
their batteries for too long. Doing so is in violation of fire safety
regulations and miscreants will face penalties and owners face
Residents are also encouraged to report violations via the fire-danger report hotline 96119.
A fire accident broke out in a three-story residential building in
Songjiang District in October last year, which caused three deaths.
Witnesses said there were about a dozen motorbikes having their
batteries charged in the residence every day.