The recent pictures circulating around Tianjin social media about E-bike registration has caused some confusion and concern in the expat community. We did call police stations and ask more.
The announcement is for Chinese ID holder in Tianjin. It is not mandatory, but is suggested and free of charge to have your E-bike registered with your local police station.
This is meant for having better tracking and statistics on bikes and will greatly help in reclaiming stolen e-bikes.
Bikes being registered must have been 100% legally bought and owned. Proper documents of ownership are required for registration (VAT Invoice, aka fapiao, 发票). Be careful at your registration application - upgraded, modified, tuned ebike have the chance of getting confiscated.
To clarify, this registration is open and meant only for Chinese ID card owner in Tianjin.
However, this does open the possibilty to have a friend or significant other that is a Chinese Tianjin resident to register on your behlaf for extra security and tracking of your E-bike (in case of lost/stole)