Action will be taken against PMD users who flout speed limits

LTA said measures are in place to protect public path users.
LTA said measures are in place to protect public path users.ST PHOTO: FELINE LIM

We thank Mr Sum Kam Weng for his letter (PMDs with speeds of 70kmh a hazard to others; March 30) and assure him that measures are in place to ensure the safety of all users on public paths.

There are strict specifications for the size, speed and weight of personal mobility devices (PMDs) under the new Active Mobility Act.

The Act also empowers the Land Transport Authority (LTA) to ban the display, advertisement, and sale of non-compliant devices at retail premises for use on public paths.

The Government will take strict enforcement action against users and retailers who flout these rules.

In May last year, a team of Active Mobility Enforcement Officers was formed to strengthen enforcement of the rules, in addition to enforcement efforts by the National Parks Board and Traffic Police.

LTA has also stepped up public education efforts to raise awareness of the rules and norms under the new Act.

In July, LTA will be rolling out the Safe Riding Programme to inculcate safety habits and skills when riding PMDs on public paths.

We have also been engaging retailers to bring in only compliant devices.

Through the more than 700 community volunteers who have signed up under the Voluntary Patrol Scheme, we have also extended coverage of advisories and public education efforts to many heartland areas.

Tan Li Yen (Ms)

Deputy Director, Active Mobility

Land Transport Authority

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 10, 2017, with the headline 'Action will be taken against PMD users who flout speed limits'. Print Edition | Subscribe