700 cases of PMD riders on roads despite ban: LTA

Actual number may be even higher, but caution urged when interpreting statistics

A personal mobility device (PMD) user travelling on the road last year before the ban kicked in on Jan 15, 2018. For the 700 cases of PMD riders detected flouting the law from January to September this year, LTA said that the PMDs were immediately im
A personal mobility device (PMD) user travelling on the road last year before the ban kicked in on Jan 15, 2018. For the 700 cases of PMD riders detected flouting the law from January to September this year, LTA said that the PMDs were immediately impounded.ST FILE PHOTO

Despite a ban on riding personal mobility devices (PMDs) on roads and expressways, many users have been caught flouting the law, with 700 cases in the first nine months of the year, according to the Land Transport Authority (LTA).

The actual number of offenders could be even higher as many violations go undetected. Observers said that some PMD users might think it is not dangerous to go on smaller roads, and could also risk riding on major roads for the thrill of travelling faster.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on October 13, 2019, with the headline '700 cases of PMD riders on roads despite ban: LTA'. Subscribe