Close to 100 personal mobility devices seized this year after users were found riding on roads

A man riding an e-scooter alongside heavy vehicles along Marymount Road.
A man riding an e-scooter alongside heavy vehicles along Marymount Road. PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - A total of 99 personal mobility devices were impounded this year, said the Land Transport Authority (LTA) on Wednesday.

In a Facebook post, the LTA said that 33 were seized just last month.

The users of the devices were found riding on the roads in areas such as Ganges Avenue, Delta Road and Jurong West, and even outside the LTA's premises on Hampshire Road.

"Riding your PMDs on the roads is illegal, as it endangers you and other road users," said the Authority.

It added that its Active Mobility Enforcement Officers, who conduct daily enforcement operations, will take "firm action" against riders found breaking the law.

Under the Road Traffic Act, those found riding PMDs and other "non-compliant vehicles" on the roads can be fined $2,000 and face a jail term of up to three months for the first offence. They can be fined up to $5,000 and jailed six months for subsequent offences.

In January, the Active Mobility Bill was passed, allowing PMD users as well as cyclists to use public paths such as footpaths, cycling paths and shared paths if they meet certain requirements.

These include having a maximum weight of 20kg, a maximum width of 70cm and a top speed of no more than 25kmh.