Take firm action against modified e-bike users, shops

Writer Edwin Pang hopes e-bike riders here will abide by the rules of what is allowed on our roads.
Writer Edwin Pang hopes e-bike riders here will abide by the rules of what is allowed on our roads.ST FILE PHOTO

The report, "Modified e-bikes raise safety concerns" (Oct 4), has provided readers with useful information on the type of electric bicycles, or e-bikes, permitted or disallowed on our roads.

Hopefully, as more riders of e-bikes or e-scooters come to learn of the rules, they will abide by them.

For those who persist in breaking the law, the authorities should take firm enforcement action against them as it is still quite common to see people riding illegally modified e-bikes on the roads or, worse, on footpaths, posing a danger to pedestrians as well as other road users.

If limited manpower to enforce the law is an issue, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) can perhaps consider doing what the police, Singapore Civil Defence Force and National Environment Agency have already done: boosting the ranks of their enforcement officers through the recruitment and training of volunteer ones.

In addition, the LTA should take firm action not only against those who illegally modify their e-bikes, but also against irresponsible merchants who sell such illegally modified e-bikes or carry out these modifications.

Edwin Pang

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 12, 2015, with the headline 'Take firm action against modified e-bike users, shops'. Print Edition | Subscribe