S’pore To Ban E-Scooters On Footpaths From 5 Nov
After a string of unfortunate e-scooter or PMD accidents this year, concerned Singaporeans can rejoice at this latest news.
The Land Transport Authority (LTA) announced today (4 Nov) that the e-scooter ban along footpaths will officially take effect tomorrow (5 Nov).
Luckily for riders though, punishments won’t be meted out till next year to give them time to adjust to the new rules.
E-Scooter ban on footpaths
Starting 5 Nov, e-scooter riders can no longer ride their PMDs along footpaths.
After the e-scooter ban on roads, this leaves riders with cycling paths and park connector networks only.
We’re not sure how this new rule could affect food delivery riders’ livelihoods, but we hope measures will be put in place to help them.
Grace period before punishments start
The ban starts soon, but fortunately, authorities have decided to provide an “advisory period” till 31 Dec for riders to adjust.
But from 1 Jan 2020, anyone found guilty of flouting the rules may face a fine of up to $2,000 and/or up to 3 months’ jail.
Bicycles and personal mobility aids (PMAs) for the disabled won’t be affected.
E-scooter ban will ensure everyone’s safety
Addressing the new ban, the LTA explains that:
This move is a necessary one to ensure pedestrian safety as incidents involving errant e-scooter riders continue to rise in spite of our heightened enforcement and education efforts.
Despite previous safety regulations like stricter requirements, the persistent occurrence of PMD accidents is a huge cause for concern.
This new move may thus spell a welcome change for most Singaporeans, especially pedestrians who constantly worry about their safety.
If you or anyone you know owns and regularly whizzes around on an e-scooter, let them know about this new rule ASAP, so they won’t end up starting 2020 with a fine, or worse, a court summon.
Featured image adapted from SG CarMart.