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Disallow e-bikes and e-scooters with high top speeds

Electric scooters have become more popular now that electric bicycles are being regulated ("E-scooter sales take off after e-bike safety rules kick in"; Oct 9).

A few days ago, I was offered two models of imported e-scooters at a neighbourhood bicycle shop. They came with a top speed of 70kmh, no modification required.

Whether it is an e-bike or e-scooter, a top speed of 70kmh is dangerous and should not be allowed.

It seems that the Land Transport Authority (LTA) is regularly playing catch-up in implementing regulations. Clamp down on one and businesses would turn to another product.

There has been a steady increase in the number of e-bikes and e-scooters speeding along roads, especially very early in the morning.

The e-bike users I spoke to told me that they used to ride motorcycles to get to work. They are mostly low-wage earners and now cannot afford the high cost of a motorcycle and its certificate of entitlement. So, they have turned to e-bikes and e-scooters.

The expenses they incur for an e-bike are almost nil - they do not have to pay for road tax, insurance, fuel, parking or Electronic Road Pricing charges.

I sympathise with these people and hope the LTA can find ways to help them.

For instance, some buses can ply 24 hours on routes where there are shift workers and where workers need to report to work earlier than the usual 8am.

Lew Sin Hoe

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on October 23, 2016, with the headline 'Disallow e-bikes and e-scooters with high top speeds'. Print Edition | Subscribe