LTA cracks down on errant PMD users

The LTA says it has impounded several personal mobility devices belonging to users found riding on the roads during recent enforcement operations. In just the first half of this month, it conducted more than 100 such operations.
The LTA says it has impounded several personal mobility devices belonging to users found riding on the roads during recent enforcement operations. In just the first half of this month, it conducted more than 100 such operations. PHOTO: LAND TRANSPORT AUTHORITY/ FACEBOOK

In just the first half of this month, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) conducted more than 100 enforcement operations against the errant use of personal mobility devices (PMDs).

LTA officers have also been educating users of non-compliant PMDs about changes under the Active Mobility Bill, which will come into effect later this year.

Said the LTA in a Facebook post yesterday: "Riding your personal mobility devices on the roads is illegal, as it endangers the rider and other road users.

"We will continue to conduct enforcement operations and take firm action against any rider found breaking the law."

The authority formed its dedicated team of active mobility enforcement officers to catch cyclists and PMD users who break the rules in May last year.

In the Facebook post, the LTA said it had impounded several PMDs belonging to users found riding on the roads in the recent operations. It declined to say how many devices were impounded.

Last month, officers stopped a woman who was riding a PMD on the road with her child in Edgefield Plains in Punggol, and impounded the device.

The recent operations took place in River Valley, Yishun, Marine Terrace, Bedok North and Alexandra.

Singapore Road Safety Council chairman Bernard Tay had last month suggested that PMD retailers be made to hand out brochures on safe riding behaviour and the basic highway code, along with the sale of their products, to educate buyers of such devices.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 25, 2017, with the headline 'LTA cracks down on errant PMD users'. Print Edition | Subscribe