Singapore — While many applaud the e-scooter ban announced earlier this week, many others, especially on behalf of food delivery riders, have expressed concern over the new ruling, since it directly affects their means of livelihood.
Many took to commenting on the Facebook page of Dr Lam Pin Min, the Senior Minister of State who announced that e-scooters would be banned in Singapore’s public footpaths, and also on the grass, according to the National Parks Board (NParks).
We have been having extensive discussions about where PMDs should be heading. It is an emotive topic – some are for it,…
The Senior Minister of State wrote “We have been having extensive discussions about where PMDs should be heading. It is an emotive topic – some are for it, while others have called for a total ban immediately.
Singapore is land-scarce, and with many competing needs, it is practically impossible to dedicate separate paths for PMDs everywhere.
Despite major efforts to educate safe and gracious riding, irresponsible riding and accidents involving e-scooters have risen over the past few years, leading to injuries and even loss of lives.
After a month-long review, e-scooters will be prohibited on all footpaths with effect tomorrow, 5 Nov. What this means is that e-scooter users will have to dismount and push their devices on the footpaths, before they get to the cycling and Park Connector Networks where e-scooters are still allowed.
It has not been a straightforward nor a easy decision, but public safety always comes first and should never be at the expense of the young and elderly amongst us.
We hope to have Singaporeans’ understanding and support on this new policy and would urge all PMD users to continue to exercise safe and responsible behaviour when using their devices on other permissible areas such as cycling paths and park connector networks (PCNs).”
The biggest reason for putting the ban in place is public safety, as Dr Lam stated. There has been a rise in the number of PMD-related incidents recently, and even one fatality a short while back. In September, a 65-year-old female biker died from injuries sustained when she collided with a person on a PMD.
Many have lauded Minister Lam for keeping the country safe.
But others were far more irate, and expressed their disagreement over the ban, since it removed a source of income for some.