PMD riders will soon have fewer places to ride around.
Senior Minister of State for Transport Lam Pin Min announced in Parliament today (5 Aug) that PMD owners will not be allowed to ride their PMDs in the void decks and common corridors of HDB blocks in 15 town councils run by the People’s Action Party.
The estates affected are as follows:
- Ang Mo Kio
- Bishan – Toa Payoh
- Chua Chu Kang
- East Coast- Fengshan
- Holland – Bukit Panjang
- Jalan Besar
- Jurong – Clementi
- Marine Parade
- Marsiling – Yew Tee
- Nee Soon
- Pasir Ris – Punggol
- Tanjong Pagar
- West Coast
Workers’ Party-run Aljunied-Hougang East Town Council is said to be “still considering whether to implement the ban in their estates”.
The Land Transport Authority is also starting a three-month trial of pedestrian-only zones at the town centres of Ang Mo Kio, Bedok, Bukit Batok, and Khatib. At these zones, riders will need to dismount and push their PMDs.
The same trial will also be carried out at a neighbourhood centre in Tampines.
The pedestrian-only zones are reported to be part of a S$50 million initiative to “improve the infrastructure in hot spots where such accidents often occur”.
The initiative will include measures like widening footpaths, installing clear warning signs, and fixing speed regulating strips on paths.
School Zone markings will also be trialled at footpaths outside some schools to remind PMD riders to slow down and watch out for other path users, “especially young children”.
“We will work with local MPs and residents to identify the infrastructure improvements to tackle specific hot spots in each constituency,” said Dr Lam.