PMD Users Caught Riding Over Drain Covers May Be Fined & Jailed, Says PUB

Earlier this week, NParks warned PMD users that riding on grass patches may result in a $5,000 fine.

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While some users choose to ride on grass patches, others have taken to drain covers to circumvent the PMD ban.

However, on Friday (8 Nov), PUB told The Straits Times that riding PMDs on drain covers may lead to a $40,000 fine, jail, or both.

Man rides PMD on drain cover in viral video

In a video released on Tuesday (5 Nov), a man can be seen riding a PMD on a drain cover outside what seems like a school compound.

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The video has garnered over 1,900 shares at the time of writing.

When he was stopped by the person shooting the video, the PMD rider allegedly said,

government never say drain cannot.

Well, now they say liao lor.

Riding on drain covers may result in $40,000 fine

According to The Straits Times, PUB discourages PMD users from riding on drain covers, which serves as an “essential part” of the drainage system.

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Those found guilty of “damaging any drain or storm water drainage system” may be fined up to $40,000, jailed for up to 3 months, or both.

Food delivery riders can receive up to $1,000 to trade-in e-scooters

Instead of finding ‘loopholes’ to skirt around the PMD ban, food delivery riders may consider trading in their e-scooters for other approved mobility devices.

Those who trade in their e-scooters for a power-assisted bicycle (PAB) or personal mobility aids (PMAs) will receive a $1,000 grants, while those who trade in for bicycles will receive a $600 grant.

This ‘trade-in scheme’ starts 15 Nov, and will end on 31 Dec.

Do not ride PMDs on drain covers

Now that the authorities have officially issued a warning against riding PMDs on drain covers, better heed their advice, or risk receiving a hefty fine.

We hope those affected by the ban will consider trading in their devices for approved ones instead of finding ‘loopholes’ to circumvent the ban which may, as this example shows, lead to pretty major consequences.

Also read:

PMD Riders On Grass Paths Face $5,000 Fines, 100 Users Warned Within First Day Of Ban

S’pore Will Ban E-Scooters On Footpaths Island-Wide From 5 Nov

Featured image adapted from Facebook and Yin-Shan Engineering Pte Ltd