Stomper angered at e-scooter rider who 'blatantly' rode on road in Hougang

Submitted by Stomper Koh

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Stomper Koh was driving along Hougang Avenue 7 at about 7pm yesterday (Jun 5) when she saw an e-scooter user riding on the road.

In a video that Koh shared, an e-scooter rider is seen travelling along the edge of the road near a lorry.

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Koh said: "These Personal Mobility Devices (PMD) users endanger not only pedestrians but road users as well.

"As a driver, we have to swerve to avoid hitting them whenever they suddenly appear on the road. And they are always going so fast, even on the pavement.

"Some even modified their PMD to make it go faster, even faster than my car when I am going at 50km/h.

"I think more should be done such as installing cameras that has face-recognition along footpaths and park connectors.

"Now everywhere is dangerous, not even pavements are safe."

Starting from May 1 this year, those who fail to abide by regulations set out in the Active Mobility Act by the Land Transport Authority of Singapore (LTA) will face stiff fines and even imprisonment.

For example, e-scooters are not allowed to go on public roads, and the speed limits are 15km/h on footpaths and 25km/h on park connectors and shared paths.

First-time offenders who flout the usage rules and speed limits may be fined up to $1,000 or jailed for up to three months, or both. Repeat offenders may have their fine and jail term doubled.

The new law also places a limit on the size and speed of the devices that can be used on public paths. These cannot weigh more than 20kg each and must have their speeds capped at 25km/h. Those who use devices that flout these rules can be fined up to $5,000 and jailed for up to three months, or both.