Hello and I am Begedil. I nearly got knocked down by the e-scooter on the way to school earlier. I cursed at him but I think he has got his headphones on and can’t hear me scolding his ancestors. I just cannot understand why they allow such inconsiderate people use these devices and endanger other road users.
Previously, a woman, 53 was hit by e-scooter and is now fighting for her life. Details of the accident along Pasir Ris Drive 1 are not fully known but the e-scooter rider has been arrested.
In a small and dense city like Singapore, walking, cycling and using personal mobility devices (PMDs) are viable alternatives to driving, especially for short trips within residential towns, and first- and last-mile connections to public transport.
The problem is – these devices can travel at incredible speed and riders do not need drivers licence, vehicle licence, or even a motor vehicle insurance to ride them. There is technically no minimum age either and it is only recently that a panel was tasked to look into regulating the use of such devices which includes e-scooters, powered bicycles and even personal mobility devices.
Ever since these devices made their appearance on the streets, many have asked if they are even legal. Contrary to popular belief, I found out that it’s indeed allowed by the LTA, and they have rules surrounding it!
Have a look at the chart below:
With the car-lite initiative gaining momentum in Singapore, we should be encouraging these urban mobility devices but I feel that there need to be stricter guidelines and harsher enforcement actions to knock some potato sense into the users and to keep the pedestrians safe.
E-scooters are not the problem. The problem lies with the user.
Poor road safety knowledge and impatience are often the reasons for these accidents. I suspect this is apparent in youths who just got their hands on these devices. 25km/h might not sound like much, but it’s actually fast enough to cause injury should an accident occur. There are also reports that people are caught modifying their devices so to make them travel even faster!
To regulate only the e-scooters and claim that our pedestrians will be safer because of it cannot be entirely accurate. We must also remember that bicycles travel equally fast (if not faster). IF we want to truly keep our pedestrians safe, then surely we would have to regulate the cyclist as well.
Impose a speed limit? Mandate them to have bells? Anything?
I wish we could have an easier solution, but as you can see, people just cannot be trusted to ride responsibly.
(Enforcement will teach these guys a lesson. Hitting them where it hurts the most; the pocket. Even better, just confiscate the darn thing)
(Illegal modifications to the bikes poses further risks to pedestrians. Such bikes have been recorded to go as fast as 60km/h!)