Fine those who park shared bicycles indiscriminately

There are probably more than 30,000 shared bicycles moving or parked throughout this tiny island today.

Using a shared bike is cheap and hassle-free.

You merely sign up on an app, pick the bike nearest to you, scan the quick response or QR code to unlock the bike, and head to your destination.

At the end of the journey, you just lock up the bike, and you will be charged according to how long the journey took.

The problem is when users indiscriminately park the bikes after use.

The Land Transport Authority has to engage extra enforcement officers to look for such bikes.

Warning letters can be sent to the firms, and the bikes impounded if nothing is done.

A new agreement or contract should be drawn up between the users and bike-sharing firms to ensure that all riders show consideration when they park the bicycles after use.

Perhaps the bike-sharing companies should make users who park indiscriminately pay $50.

If the bicycle gets impounded, the user has to pay $150.

It is surely not difficult to track down the last person who used the bike.

With the imposition of fines on errant riders, maybe this problem will slowly diminish.

Neo Poh Goon

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 29, 2018, with the headline 'Fine those who park shared bicycles indiscriminately'. Subscribe