LTA seizes e-scooter of man caught riding along Mandai Road

A man was caught riding his e-scooter along Mandai Road, "endangering both himself and other road users", LTA said in a Facebook post on Tuesday (Nov 29).
A man was caught riding his e-scooter along Mandai Road, "endangering both himself and other road users", LTA said in a Facebook post on Tuesday (Nov 29).PHOTO: FACEBOOK/LTA

SINGAPORE - The Land Transport Authority (LTA) impounded another e-scooter earlier this month in its latest enforcement operation to crack down on errant users.

A man was caught riding his e-scooter along Mandai Road, "endangering both himself and other road users", LTA said in a Facebook post on Tuesday (Nov 29).

"We would like to remind all e-scooter riders that it is an offence to use their personal mobility devices (PMDs) on the road and we will take enforcement action against any rider found doing so," it added.

LTA has been acting on recent complaints after reports of e-scooter riders travelling on roads sparked concern among members of the public.

Last month, it seized the e-scooters of two riders who had been speeding and riding recklessly at Upper Aljunied Road and at the junction of Yishun Avenues 2 and 3.

In an update on Nov 7, LTA said it had carried out more than 560 enforcement operations since May to tackle unsafe and reckless riding by cyclists and PMD users.

 

A total of 20 e-scooters have been seized.

The Straits Times reported on Monday that e-scooter users who own devices that can travel at excessive speeds have been tuning them back down to the speed limit, ahead of changes to the law expected to kick in next year.

A new Bill, which regulates PMDs and governs where and how they should be used, was tabled in Parliament this month.

The new rules stipulate that PMDs should not weigh more than 20kg, and have a maximum speed cap of 25kmh.

Harsher penalties will also see first-time offenders caught riding non-compliant e-scooters fined up to $5,000, or jailed up to three months, or both.