E-scooters have gained a lot of popularity in Singapore over the past year or so. There are stores selling hundreds a month! In March 2016, the Active Mobility Advisory Panel recommended that criteria for permitted personal mobility devices (PMDs) should include a 25kmh top speed and maximum weight of 20kg. However, not everyone has been following these ‘recommendations’ and this may result in the ‘recommendations’ turning into law.
There have been incidents where e-scooter riders have overtaken public buses on the road at a speed of 70kmh despite knowing that 25kmh is the top speed and scooters are not allowed on roads. There have been many accidents that have led to death due to this scooter issue. The Land Transport Authority’s Active Mobility Enforcement Team stopped 700 cyclists and PMD users for unsafe riding since May but has not yet been able to issue penalties.
In the past few months itself, major accidents have taken place that have caused the government to re-think the rules and regulations regarding e-scooters. One of the recent tragic accidents was the one that took place on October 27th where three riders collided with a container truck on the road. One rider, 25, was pronounced dead on the spot, another, 18, died due to his injuries at the hospital and the third rider, 17, is currently recovering. The 34-year-old trailer driver was arrested for causing death by negligent act.
Another fatal accident that took place in Pasir Ris in September left a 53 year old woman in need of multiple brain surgeries. The 17 year old scooter rider was arrested.
Due to rash driving and modifying scooter speeds, many accidents have taken place and many more might take place in the future. To put a stop to this issue, there will be strict laws put into place by the end of this year that will require e-scooter owners to make sure their scooters comply with the regulations set by the government. There will also be laws regarding where the people can ride their scooters. Companies selling e-scooters will be asked to conduct necessary safety instruction courses before selling the product.
Seems like 2017 will be seeing some new laws
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