Make PMD riding licence a must

Personal Mobility Device (PMD) user travelling along the Sungei Kallang at Whampoa estate on Sept 16, 2019.
Personal Mobility Device (PMD) user travelling along the Sungei Kallang at Whampoa estate on Sept 16, 2019.ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

Yet another person has been hurt in an accident involving an e-scooter despite all the regulatory measures (Cyclist in coma after crash with e-scooter, Sept 23).

I have seen e-scooters modified to speed as fast as motorcycles. Just a few weeks ago, I spotted two young men on e-scooters racing in Jurong Lake Gardens.

The cycling paths in parks are not suited for e-bikes.

But on weekend strolls in the park with my son, I have to keep a lookout for speeding e-bikes.

What is scary about these e-bikes is that they travel fast but make very little noise.

On a recent visit to Beijing, I notice that e-bike/cycling lanes are separate from footpaths and run alongside roads.

As e-scooters can move as fast as normal motor vehicles, it is only logical that a riding licence is a must.

The current measures are insufficient or not being enforced effectively.

Lee Ju Guang

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 25, 2019, with the headline 'Make PMD riding licence a must'. Print Edition | Subscribe