Speed guns deployed to curb reckless riding

During a two-hour operation yesterday, PMD users were pulled over and had their devices weighed and measured. The Active Mobility Act mandates that personal mobility devices cannot weigh more than 20kg, and must not exceed a width of 700mm.
During a two-hour operation yesterday, PMD users were pulled over and had their devices weighed and measured. The Active Mobility Act mandates that personal mobility devices cannot weigh more than 20kg, and must not exceed a width of 700mm.ST PHOTOS: BENJAMIN SEETOR
An active mobility enforcement officerusing a speed gun to spot speeding cyclists and PMD users during the enforcement blitz yesterday.
An active mobility enforcement officerusing a speed gun to spot speeding cyclists and PMD users during the enforcement blitz yesterday.

Errant cyclists and PMD users targeted in LTA's enforcement drive; guns have a range of up to 1km

Enforcement officers are now equipped with speed guns to catch cyclists and e-scooter users who break the speed limits on paths.

The Land Transport Authority (LTA) officially deployed such devices on Tuesday, the same day that the Active Mobility Act took effect, giving the authority more powers to deal with errant riders.

The Act regulates the use of bicycles, personal mobility devices (PMDs) and power-assisted bicycles on paths, with penalties such as fines and jail time that can be meted out to offenders.

The media was shown the use of the speed guns by the LTA's active mobility enforcement officers during an enforcement blitz held at the junction of Yishun Avenue 2 and Avenue 7 yesterday.

The guns have a range of up to 1km, and also video-recording capabilities.

Under the Act, cyclists and PMD users must keep to a speed limit of 15kmh on footpaths, and 25kmh on shared paths and cycling paths. Those caught speeding can be fined up to $1,000 or jailed for up to three months, or both.

Staff from a towing company moving seized e-scooters onto a tow truck during an enforcement exercise yesterday. 	Eight e-scooters were seized by the Land Transport Authority in the two-hour blitz in Yishun. 	The personal mobility devices were found t
Staff from a towing company moving seized e-scooters onto a tow truck during an enforcement exercise yesterday. Eight e-scooters were seized by the Land Transport Authority in the two-hour blitz in Yishun. The personal mobility devices were found to weigh more than 20kg, which is the limit under the Active Mobility Act that took effect two days ago. Enforcement officers have also been equipped with speed guns to nab cyclists and other mobility device users who travel faster than the allowed 15kmh on foot paths and 25kmh on shared and cycling paths. ST PHOTO: BENJAMIN SEETOR

During the two-hour operation yesterday, PMD users - mostly e-scooter riders - were also pulled over and had their devices weighed and measured.

ONLINE RETAILERS AN ISSUE

The measures are effective to control compliance of offline retailers, but it would be difficult to enforce on online retailers - the reason being they are not required to disclose their company name and address.

MOBOT DIRECTOR IFREY LAI, on the Active Mobility Act. Under the Act, PMD retailers cannot sell non-compliant devices, and must display warning notices containing rules of device usage.

The Act mandates that PMDs cannot weigh more than 20kg, must not go faster than 25kmh, and must not exceed a width of 700mm.

A total of eight devices were seized, the first time the LTA is doing so under the newly effective Act. The PMDs weighed an average of more than 30kg.

The LTA has deployed active mobility enforcement officers to deter reckless riding behaviour since 2016. Riders were mostly issued advisories for unsafe behaviour.

Mr Willy Soo, a manager at the LTA's Active Mobility Enforcement Section, said: "We have continued our usual deployments. The only difference... is that from May 1 onwards, we can actually give out a fine to errant users."

One of those caught with a non-compliant e-scooter was a 37-year-old, who gave his name only as Mr Wong. His scooter weighed 37kg.

Mr Wong, who works in the food catering industry, said he bought his e-scooter about 11/2 years ago for over $2,000.

"I know it won't pass (under the law), but I couldn't sell it off. Without my e-scooter, I will now have to take the bus," he said in Mandarin.

Under the Active Mobility Act, PMD retailers cannot sell non-compliant devices, and must display warning notices containing rules of device usage.

Mobot director Ifrey Lai said: "The measures are effective to control compliance of offline retailers, but it would be difficult to enforce on online retailers - the reason being they are not required to disclose their company name and address."

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 03, 2018, with the headline 'Speed guns deployed to curb reckless riding'. Print Edition | Subscribe