Registering e-scooters a more doable approach

We thank Mr Andrew Seow Chwee Guan for the suggestions in his letter (All PMDs should be electronically tagged; July 3).

As many e-scooters are purchased online, it is not feasible to embed electronic tags into them at the point of sale.

Any means of identifying e-scooters has to be done through a registration regime.

This is why the Land Transport Authority (LTA) will be registering all e-scooters from early next year, and requiring them to have prominent identification stickers to help members of the public identify reckless e-scooter riders.

Electronic tags would also require supporting systems, such as readers, to be effective for enforcement, whereas a physical identification sticker is easily recorded and reported to the relevant authorities.

The majority of reported incidents involve e-scooter riders above the age of 18.

The LTA will work with members of the public and law enforcement agencies to apprehend those responsible for hit-and-run incidents, regardless of their age.

We will also continue to educate e-scooter riders on responsible behaviour.

Andrew Cheah

Director, Active Mobility

Land Transport Authority

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 07, 2018, with the headline 'Registering e-scooters a more doable approach'. Print Edition | Subscribe