Club and condos with amusement rides to comply with Amusement Rides Safety Act

Amusement rides at private clubs and private residential estates are now included and regulated under the Amusement Rides Safety Act, said Minister of National Development Khaw Boon Wan in a blog post.

This amendment kicked in on April 1, and will mean that clubs and condominiums with amusement rides must hire managers and engineers to maintain the ride.

At least four clubs are affected, and they have six months to comply with the new rules.

If they do so, they will add to the 80 amusement rides in Singapore, which vary from roller coasters to indoor skydiving.

The Act, which was implemented in 2011, subjects operators to regulations covering installation, modification and maintenance.

Operators must work with engineers from the Building Construction Authority, who conduct surprise inspection audits and regular maintenance checks.

"Safety regulations are not static," wrote Mr Khaw. "They have to evolve to meet new safety standards... and keep pace with the introduction of new rides."

For example, Zorb balls - transparent balls that can float on water - can now operate in deeper waters, but with additional safety measures, like having a lifeguard on duty.

"We will stay updated with best industry standards and latest safety technologies," he said, adding that thrill seekers should also play their part by following safety guidelines.