City traffic police said yesterday that they have put on extra staff to meet surging demand for new scooter and moped plates before their temporary ones expire on March 1.
For the past three years, police have issued temporary plates to models not on the government's approved list, with the aim of taking them off the road this year for safety and environmental reasons.
Traffic police official Yang Hao said up to 7,500 people were showing up to the centers each day — double the normal average.
"We have ordered all centers to maximize efforts to meet demand, including allocating more staff to handle the job and extending working hours," he said.
Lu Feng, a traffic police official in charge of Putuo District's application center, said the number of daily applications had jumped to 700 in recent days from 300.
To relieve pressure, Lu said police were registering new bikes at the compounds of courier and food delivery companies with large numbers of bikes.
"Last year, we helped a food delivery company register plates for about 3,000 bikes," he said. Owners should avoid Saturdays and Mondays, which are the busiest days.