More stringent rules needed before allowing personal mobility devices on footpaths

The reckless and foolhardy behaviour of many electric bicycle and electric scooter riders is the bane of path and road users ("Woman still unconscious after e-scooter accident"; Sept 22, and "Clip of e-scooter user overtaking bus sparks safety concerns"; Sept 24).

More accidents are waiting to happen.

I urge the authorities to add more stringent rules and regulations before allowing personal mobility devices (PMDs) on footpaths.

First, e-scooters, like the plan for e-bikes, should have registration plates to easily identify them. These plates should be designed such that illegal e-scooters can be easily identified.

Third-party insurance of up to $500,000 must also be acquired.

PMDs should be fitted with a speedometer and speed limiting device to ensure the rider is aware of the speed at all times.

If manpower is an issue, and not enough enforcement officers can be deployed to catch errant PMD users, the authorities could consider installing miniature speed cameras along footpaths to nab speed violators.

Each PMD could be tagged with a radio frequency identification (RFID) tag issued by the Land Transport Authority, so that it can be identified when it passes a speed camera.

Those caught speeding on footpaths should be fined at least $150. If they are involved in accidents involving pedestrians, they should be penalised like any other motorist on the road.

All these rules should be coordinated and implemented before PMDs are allowed on pedestrian footpaths. We do not need more accidents.

Raymund Koh Joo Guan