These New Subway Regulations Coming into Effect on April 1st!

China will ban incivilities including eating, begging, and peddling on the subway effective Wednesday, April 1, 2020, according to a new regulation, which also prohibits littering and busking in carriages. 

"Behaviors such as begging and peddling disrupt the public order and compromise commuters public transport experience. They tend to cause passenger disputes, especially during peak, rush hours, said Wang Xiuchun, an official with the Ministry of Transport.

Mainland China's urban rail transit system has developed rapidly in recent years. By the end of 2018, 171 rail transit lines had been put into operation in 35 cities in 24 provincial-level regions.

In these new regulations, 10 types of prohibited behaviors are listed to protect commuter safety, as well as 7 additional types that affect the order.

(1) Disturbing or stopping the train's course; pushing and forcing your way on or off the subway car when the alarm rings, or trying to open the train door/platform door once it's already closed.

(2) Sounding alarms or operating buttons and switches with warning signs not to use them without authorization, and using emergency or safety devices in a non-emergency state.

(3) Carrying toxic, harmful, inflammable, explosive, radioactive, corrosive and other dangerous items that may endanger the safety of commuters and cause damages to any property inside the subway station or on the train.

(4) Fare evasion by jumping the subway turnstile, guardrail, protective net, or through the platform door without authorization, as well as walking on the track, tunnel or other areas with warning signs.

(5) Throwing objects onto rail transit lines, trains, and other facilities.

(6) Damaging vehicles, platform doors, automatic ticket vending machines and other equipment, communication signals, and video monitoring systems.

(7) Damaging, moving, or covering safety signs, monitoring facilities and other safety protection equipment.

(8) Starting a fire inside the train station or on the train.

9) Going up the escalators the wrong way or pushing other commuters.

(10) Interfering with the safety of operations.

If a commuter refuses to comply with any of the above-listed regulations, the train operator or subway staff have the right to hold him accountable and call the police.

However, if the commuter believes he or she has been apprehended wrongfully, they should report it immediately.

Below are another 7 behaviors to watch out for:

(1)Scrawling, carving, or posting/hanging things in the station or train without authorization.

(2) Carrying animals (excluding guide dogs and military police dogs) inside the station and onto the train that may be bringing a pungent smell with them.

(3) Selling products or engaging in marketing activities, begging, busking, singing, and dancing loudly, and using speakers to do so (without headphones).

(4) Operating vehicles, including bicycles (excluding disabled mopeds), skateboards, and skates.

(5) Eating on the train (except for infants and medical patients).

6) Spitting, defecating, throwing gum, fruits, litter and other waste, lying down, or trampling on public seats.

(7) Any other act that may disturb the commuting comfort and safety of others.

Please be mindful of others when taking the subway, and remember that eating on the train is not allowed. So if youre rushing to work and didnt have time for breakfast, you might have to wait a few extra minutes until youre outside to grab a bite!

And please do not watch your favorite shows or music videos without headphones on. Not everyone on the train wants to hear them.

Editor: Crystal H