Target users who park bikes improperly

What Singapore needs is not a scheme to penalise bike-sharing companies, but rather, a provision to fine users who park these rented bicycles improperly (Bill tabled to license bike-sharing firms to curb illegal parking; March 6).

Many years ago, many Singaporeans used to litter indiscriminately.

It took many years and strong enforcement from the Government to stop, or at least greatly reduce, that bad habit.

Today, the same bad habit has resurfaced - only this time it involves shared bikes.

The authorities need to target the people responsible for this "littering" directly.

In order to do this, it will be necessary for the bike-sharing companies to have sufficient information so that they can identify the culprits and report them to the authorities, who can then impose an appropriate penalty.

It would also be helpful to set up a website and hotline through which the public can report the location and identification numbers of indiscriminately parked bikes.

Ho Shou Kwang (Ms)

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 08, 2018, with the headline 'Target users who park bikes improperly'. Print Edition | Subscribe