Singapore—The regulatory panel recommended setting an age requirement and a theory exam before users can be allowed to ride their PMD devices in public.
The Active Mobility Advisory Panel (AMAP) submitted a set of recommendations regarding the regulation of PMDs to the Coordinating Minister for Infrastructure and Minister for Transport Khaw Boon Wan on Friday (Sept 27).
The panel submitted the following recommendations:
- To mandate, as a start, that businesses procure third-party liability insurance to cover e-scooter riders who are riding in the course of work. In the year ahead, the Panel will actively monitor the situation and prepare the industry and community to move towards mandatory insurance for all e-scooter users.
- To impose a minimum age requirement of 16 to use an e-scooter on public paths. Those below the age of 16 can continue to ride under adult supervision.
- To mandate a theory test requirement for e-scooter users, prior to being able to ride on public paths.
- (d) To disallow the use of mobile phones when riding an active mobility device on public paths, unless the mobile phone is mounted or used in a hands-free manner.
- (e) To introduce a Code of Conduct to guide pedestrians on how to share paths safely with other pedestrians and active mobility device users.
The suggestion to impose a minimum age requirement followed from observations that “many young riders appear to be riding more recklessly.” Any individual younger than 16 years of age may use the e-scooter under adult supervision.
The panel also recommended a mandatory theory test requirement for e-scooter users to ensure their awareness and compliance of rules and road regulations.
Pedestrians are also advised to follow a code of conduct on the road with reminders to:
- Keep to the left while walking on paths unless overtaking.
- Walk on footpaths whenever there are footpaths next to cycling/ shared paths.
- Pay attention to your surroundings. Plugging in to audio devices or continuously using mobile devices means that you are less able to detect any oncoming obstacles.
The panel proposed the recommendations following the death of 65-year-old cyclist Ong Bee Eng after succumbing to her injuries from a collision with an e-scooter.
Netizens, however, suggested that better infrastructure, such as exclusive bike lanes, be constructed to accommodate and ensure the safety of both pedestrians and PMD users. /TISG