Impose registration, insurance requirements on 'small minority'

It is unfair to penalise the majority of responsible and considerate cyclists and users of personal mobility devices (PMDs) because of a "small minority" who are careless ("'Small minority' of cyclists, mobility device users careless; Tuesday).

To borrow the Pareto Principle (or 80/20 rule), this "small minority" may be causing 80 per cent of the accidents involving pedestrians on footpaths and roads.

In other words, if we can effectively clamp down on this "small minority", the number of such accidents may be reduced drastically.

While registering all cyclists and PMD users and requiring them to have insurance coverage may be "too onerous and costly", the Land Transport Authority could perhaps impose these conditions on the "small minority" only.

One way to identify this "small minority" could be to target cyclists and PMD users who are deemed liable for causing personal injuries to pedestrians who require three or more days of medical leave to recover.

Likewise, those who cause any personal injury to pedestrians more than once within 30 days could be included in the "small minority" as well, even if fewer than three days of medical leave is granted for recovery.

Hopefully, these measures can serve as a strong reminder to all cyclists and PMD users to be responsible and considerate at all times.

Ng Chee Kheon

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 15, 2016, with the headline 'Impose registration, insurance requirements on 'small minority''. Print Edition | Subscribe