E-scooter riders still don't get it - they need to be more responsible

Recently, my five-year-old daughter was nearly knocked down by an electric scooter along the pavement beside the carpark at Block 101, Yishun Avenue 5.

The rider was travelling at a tremendous speed, definitely exceeding what is allowed.

He wobbled but did not stop despite nearly crashing into my little girl.

This is not my first such encounter.

My eight-year-old son was also almost hit by an e-scooter.

I am sure other mothers have been in my shoes.

I know this issue has been discussed many times, but since e-scooters are becoming more common, shouldn't stricter regulations be imposed on riders?

Drivers of cars and motorbike riders have to be licensed to ensure that they abide by the law while using the road. Maybe it is time to put some responsibility on riders of e-scooters, too, or even ban them altogether.

Drivers of cars and motorbike riders have to be licensed to ensure that they abide by the law while using the road.

Maybe it is time to put some responsibility on riders of e-scooters, too, or even ban them altogether.

E-scooter riders must remember to take extra precautions.

A few minutes saved by rushing around on the device is not worth someone else's life.

Tracy Tan Sze Ying (Ms)

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 17, 2017, with the headline 'E-scooter riders still don't get it - they need to be more responsible'. Print Edition | Subscribe