Electronic scooter will be banned from operating on the sidewalk in Singapore from 5 November onwards. This update was announced by the Senior Minister of State for Transportation, Lam Pin Min in Parliament (4/11)
The Cause and Consequence of Ban
In the beginning, scooter users (about 100,000 people in Singapore) are allowed to use the pedestrian path and bicycle path. However, there has been 370 reported accidents caused by scooter on the pathways. With the new accident at Bedok, accidents caused by scooter now are happening every month.
“Over the last two years, we put in great efforts to promote the safe use of motorised personal mobility devices.” Said Lam Pin Min according to Straitimes.
Lam Pin Min also added “Despite significant efforts, we continue to encounter errant riders who use non-compliant devices and ride dangerously”.
This is why the new rule is now being practiced.
Applies to both tourists and locals, those who are caught using an electronic scooter on a pathway (the sidewalk is 5,500km across the island), a fine of S$2,000 and/or jail time up to 3 months will be carried out from January onwards.
Route That Allows Electronic Scooter
Though the law is strict, electronic scooters are still allowed to operate on the bicycle route that covers 440 KM across the island.
Alternatively, you can also use a scooter on a linking path towards a park that would link to the bike route.
The government made sure that this rule will secure the safety and comfort of tourists and pedestrian in Singapore.
The project of building more bicycle route is also being rushed to increase the comfort and mobility of citizens and tourists. Places like Ang Mo Kio, Bishan, and Tampines are almost done with the project.