On Wednesday (Sept 25), an e-scooter had knocked into a 65-year-old cyclist, resulting in a fatal accident.
This tragedy, along with a spate of PMD-related fires, has sparked an online petition calling for the ban of PMDs in Singapore. It has since garnered 45,000 signatures as of this morning.
Recognising the risks of PMD, the Active Mobility Advisory Panel (AMAP) has recommended that e-scooter riders should be at least aged 16 and pass a theory test first before they are allowed to ride in public.
The panel said that the age limit should only be imposed to riders who ride on public paths without supervision. Those below the age of 16 can still continue to ride under adult supervision.
With regards to the theory test, the panel feels that it should be a requirement so riders fully understand the basic theory of riding and safety rules.
It also urged the ban of mobile phone usage when riding, “unless the mobile phone is mounted or used in a hands-free manner”.
Other recommendations called for businesses to obtain mandatory third-party liability insurance to cover e-scooter riders who are riding in the course of work, such as food delivery riders.
The Ministry of Transport said it will “study these recommendations and provide (their) response in due course,” said Senior Minister of State for Transport Lam Pin Min in a Facebook post.
Moving forward, the panel will continue to actively monitor the PMD situation and work towards pushing for mandatory insurance for all e-scooter users.
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