Panel set up to look at new rules to govern e-bikes, e-scooters; public feedback sought

An electric kick scooter user waiting at a pedestrian crossing.
An electric kick scooter user waiting at a pedestrian crossing. PHOTO: THE NEW PAPER

SINGAPORE - The Land Transport Authority (LTA) has started public consultation and has set up an expert panel to look into rules governing personal mobility devices.

These include devices such as motorised bicycles and wheelchairs, and electric kick scooters.

The 14-member panel is headed by Parliamentary Secretary for Transport Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim and includes grassroots leaders, cyclists and users of personal mobility devices.

The plan for public consultation was first announced earlier this year during the Transport Ministry's budget debate in Parliament.

Then,Associate Professor Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim said that, with the burgeoning popularity of these devices, there needed to be a sensible policy on their use.

"These devices were not around in the 1950s and 1960s," said Prof Faishal.

"As travel patterns change, our infrastructure, rules and norms will need to evolve as well."

Members of the public can give their feedback online at www.activemobilitysurvey.com.

The panel will release its advisory report by the first half of next year.