The trend of owning a personal mobility device (PMD) has been on the rise for a while now and it doesn’t seem threatened by the laws recently enacted.
E-scooters are the perfect option for getting around fast. They are also the perfect alternative for those like myself, who unfortunately can’t cycle.
But as with any ideas thought of by humanity, it’s always ultimately spoilt by humans themselves.
I mean, just look at this incident of youngsters speeding along what is believed to be Lim Chu Kang road.
E-Scooter riders exceed the speed limit by heaps
As seen from the video, the e-scooter reached an astonishing speed of up to 121km/h. Since its upload, the clip has been shared 2.8K times and garnered close to 800 likes.
As news of the video travelled, it didn’t take netizens long to leave their 2 cents in the comment section.
Some were genuinely concerned for the riders’ safety
While others uploaded snide remarks.
In case it wasn’t obvious enough, they broke the rules.
According to the Active Mobility Act, a PMD can only be used on shared paths and footpaths at a maximum speed of 25km/h and 10km/h respectively.
PMDs are not allowed to be used on roads but this is a common occurrence at night where there are lesser vehicles.
In this case, the PMD riders have clearly exceeded the speed limit by a great deal seeing that Lim Chu Kang Road’s speed limit is 70km/h.
Yes, including the driver who filmed down the entire spectacle.
In addition, the Act states that PMD users have to meet the following requirements:
Users who fail to follow these rules are liable for a “fine of up to $5,000 and/or 3 months jail term for a first-time offence“.
Other obligations which PMD users have to adhere to include registering the device, pasting an identification sticker and wearing a helmet when travelling on the road.
Although technically, riding on roads is not allowed.
The future is uncertain but with reckless users roaming the streets of Singapore, one thing is for sure; LTA will definitely come up with more restrictions.
Now you know why Singaporeans don’t deserve nice things, don’t you?