PARLIAMENT

Parliament Shorts: 90 e-bike, mobility device accidents

90 e-bike, mobility device accidents

There were about 90 accidents involving electric bicycles as well as personal mobility devices (PMDs) like e-scooters in the first half of 2017, Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan said. They resulted in four deaths and about 90 injuries.

Mr Sitoh Yih Pin (Potong Pasir) had asked for statistics on such accidents and plans to mitigate these incidents. By comparison, there were 54 accidents involving e-bikes only in 2016, up from 39 in 2015. But the number of fatalities dropped from five in 2015 to three last year.

Mr Khaw said rules on safe riding behaviour - including speed limits and device specifications - will come into force by this year-end. The Land Transport Authority is stepping up enforcement, and officers have issued over 1,400 advisories for unsafe riding. E-bike users must register their devices, and have till Jan 31, 2018, to do so.


39,200 needy households on ComCare

About 39,200 needy households received financial aid from the Community Care (ComCare) Endowment Fund in the last financial year ending in March, a dip of about 300 from the year before. Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Social and Family Development Faishal Ibrahim gave this update yesterday in reply to Mr Seah Kian Peng (Marine Parade GRC).

Mr Seah said he was surprised by the decrease, since some income criteria were relaxed.

Dr Faishal said that with the setting up of social service offices - which administer ComCare aid - from 2013 to 2015, help was brought closer to people in need, and the number of ComCare cases has since stabilised.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 03, 2017, with the headline 'Parliament Shorts'. Print Edition | Subscribe