62 bicycles from bike-sharing firms impounded over improper parking

The bicycles impounded in the week-long operation this month belonged to oBike (left), Mobike and ofo (right). "These bicycles were found to be causing inconvenience or obstructing footpaths," said the LTA.
The bicycles impounded in the week-long operation this month belonged to oBike (left), Mobike and ofo (right). "These bicycles were found to be causing inconvenience or obstructing footpaths," said the LTA.PHOTOS: LTA/FACEBOOK
The bicycles impounded in the week-long operation this month belonged to oBike (left), Mobike and ofo (right). "These bicycles were found to be causing inconvenience or obstructing footpaths," said the LTA.
The bicycles impounded in the week-long operation this month belonged to oBike (left), Mobike and ofo (right). "These bicycles were found to be causing inconvenience or obstructing footpaths," said the LTA.PHOTOS: LTA/FACEBOOK

The Land Transport Authority (LTA) has impounded 62 dockless bicycles from bike-sharing companies here that were parked indiscriminately in a week-long operation this month.

In a Facebook post yesterday, the authority said that the bicycles belonged to three operators - oBike, Mobike and ofo.

The enforcement operation was carried out between Jan 15 and the past Sunday in Yuan Ching Road, Alexandra, Woodlands Centre Road and Dunearn Road.

Twenty-four bicycles were from oBike, 22 were from ofo and the remaining 16 were from Mobike.

"These bicycles were found to be causing inconvenience or obstructing footpaths," said the LTA.

Removal notices were issued for a total of 292 bicycles found on footpaths. The 62 bicycles that were impounded had not been removed within half a day.

The LTA said it has been working with bike-sharing operators and reminding them to remove bicycles that are parked indiscriminately.

The authority has also called on the operators to ensure that users park their bicycles in designated parking spaces.

Bike-sharing operators may face a fine of up to $500 for each indiscriminately parked bicycle, said the authority.

Ng Huiwen

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 24, 2018, with the headline '62 bicycles from bike-sharing firms impounded over improper parking'. Print Edition | Subscribe