99 PMDs seized this year for being on roads

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.
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. ST PHOTO: FELINE LIM

A total of 99 personal mobility devices (PMD) have been impounded this year, with a third of them seized just last month, said the Land Transport Authority (LTA) yesterday.

According to its Facebook post, users of devices, such as electric scooters, were found riding on roads in locations such as Ganges Avenue, Delta Road and Jurong West, and even outside the LTA's premises in Hampshire Road.

The authority reminded users it is illegal to ride a PMD on public roads, which endangers riders and other road users.

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

One e-scooter user had his device "promptly impounded" yesterday after being spotted riding along North Buona Vista Road during the morning rush.

In May last year, the LTA formed its enforcement team to crack down on cyclists and PMD users found riding recklessly.

  • 16

    Number of LTA enforcement team officers who crack down on users of personal mobility devices who break the law.

  • 600

    Number of volunteers on the team supporting the 16 officers.

The team now has 16 officers, supported by 600 volunteers.

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.

Bicycles are not included and are allowed on roads.

In January, the Active Mobility Bill was passed to allow PMDs on public paths such as footpaths, cycling paths and shared paths if devices met certain requirements.

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

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 06, 2017, with the headline '99 PMDs seized this year for being on roads'. Print Edition | Subscribe