Tougher Enforcement Against Personal Mobility Device Users

News Releases
2 Jan 2018

    From 15 January 2018, Personal Mobility Device (PMD) users caught riding on roads will face tougher enforcement action, as the Land Transport Authority (LTA) strengthens regulations and enhances its penalty regime to deter errant use of PMDs.

2.  It is an offence under the Road Traffic Act to ride PMDs on roads, including expressways[1]. PMD users who do so, pose a significant danger to themselves and other road users. To deter errant users, the penalties will be tiered to impose tougher penalties for more egregious cases.

3.  Under the new penalty regime, the current composition sum of $100 will be increased to $300 and $500 for first-time offenders who ride on local and major roads respectively. First-time offenders who ride on the expressways will be charged in court (see table below). As per current practice, PMDs will be impounded in the course of investigations.
 

Penalty regime with effect from 15 January 2018

For first offence

Local roads

$300 composition sum

Major roads

$500 composition sum

Expressways

Charge in court

Repeat offenders will face stiffer penalties, including court action


4.  In the event of a conviction in Court, offenders convicted for the first time face a fine of up to $2,000 and/or imprisonment of up to 3 months, while offenders convicted for the second or subsequent time face a fine of up to $5,000 and/or imprisonment of up to 6 months.

5.  LTA has also been engaging representatives from PMD interest groups to raise awareness of the risks and dangers of using their PMDs on roads. With the increasing popularity of food delivery services, we have also been working with such companies to educate their PMD delivery crew on safe riding tips and rules, such as not riding on the roads.


Annex: Photos of Enforcement Action Taken against PMD Users on the Roads


[1] The number of persons caught riding PMDs on roads has increased from 34 per month in 2016, to 40 per month in 2017. While most users were caught for riding on local roads, a small minority were caught for using their PMDs on expressways.