Multi-pronged approach to address errant PMD riders

Media Replies 12 Jul 2019 active mobility Personal Mobility Devices (PMDs)

We refer to the recent forum letters on Personal Mobility Device (PMD) regulations.

Public safety is always the top priority. The LTA shares writers’ views for a more expedient and effective way of identifying errant PMD users. This is why LTA implemented the compulsory e-scooter registration regime earlier this year, mandating all e-scooter users to prominently display an identification number on their devices. From July 1, it is an offence to ride an unregistered e-scooter on public paths and first time offenders may face fines of up to $2,000 and/or imprisonment of three months.

LTA carries out enforcement operations with other agencies round the clock. In the first half of this year, we conducted more than 4,600 enforcement operations island wide, and detected more than 1,700 active mobility offences. Even as we continue to step up enforcement, we are studying other initiatives to deter irresponsible PMD riding.

Later this month, we will launch a new feature in the MyTransport.SG mobile application. Members of public will be able to play a part by taking and sending photos or videos of errant riders and their device identification numbers to LTA, allowing us to follow up with investigations and enforcement. We will also trial the use of CCTVs and video analytics to detect active mobility offences at key hotspots.

Singapore is not alone in dealing with disruptions in our lives brought by nascent technology like PMDs. Like many cities, we are trying to find a good balance between ensuring public safety, while promoting the use of PMDs for our first and last mile journeys. Rather than applying a blanket ban on all PMDs, we think that a gracious culture where users ride safely and responsibly would be a better solution. Infrastructural enhancements will also be carried out where space permits. As regulator, the LTA has stepped up enforcement to deter, while balancing this with public education and infrastructural expansion so that more Singapore residents can enjoy the benefits of active mobility.

Kenneth Wong
Director, Active Mobility
Land Transport Authority

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