Keep e-scooter access to MRT to off-peak hours

Allow e-scooters on the MRT?

That should not be a problem so long as it is confined to off-peak hours. ("Take your bike or scooter on bus, train all day"; Nov 25)

It is going to be very difficult for other bus and train commuters if such personal mobility devices (PMDs) are allowed during peak hours as the carriages are usually packed at those times.

It was suggested that appeals could be made to cyclists and those on other PMDs to be considerate and wait for the next train or bus if it is packed, but that is not likely to work.

Expect them to rush in with the others. That is human nature.

However, something worth considering is allotting the first and last carriage for those with motorised wheelchairs, e-scooters and bicycles.

Still, that will not solve the problem. It is only going to get increasingly difficult.

The latest statistics show that by 2030, one in four people, or more than 900,000 people, will be aged 65 and above, double the number now.

On top of this, people in Singapore are living into their 80s and 90s.

Would the public transport system be able to cope with the increasing number of wheelchairs, bicycles and PMDs in the MRT?

Shamim Moledina

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 03, 2016, with the headline 'Keep e-scooter access to MRT to off-peak hours'. Print Edition | Subscribe