E-Scooter Riders in 2020 Are Now Caught Riding On Footpaths by Plainclothes Officers

As each day passes, more and more e-scooter riders are being caught for not adhering to the regulations of only riding on park connector networks and cycling paths.

You would have known by now that the PMD ban has been in place since 5 November last year, but it wasn’t until 1 January 2020 that the Land Transport Authority (LTA) started clamping down on errant riders with a zero-tolerance approach.

No more warnings were issued. This time, they mean serious business, and by serious business, I mean a fine of up to $2,000 or a jail term up to three months, or both.

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15 More Errant Riders Caught

In a recent Facebook post shared by LTA on Saturday, 11 January, they said that another 15 e-scooter riders have been caught riding on footpaths. They were caught in locations such as Choa Chu Kang, East Coast, Hougang, Sembawang, Tiong Bahru, and West Coast.

Image: Facebook (Land Transport Authority)
Image: Facebook (Land Transport Authority)
Image: Facebook (Land Transport Authority)

This news comes after the 49 errant riders who were caught since the start of 2020.

According to the post, “some of these riders were caught during our overnight plain clothes ops on Friday night in Queenstown”.

Image: Facebook (Land Transport Authority)
Image: Facebook (Land Transport Authority)

It seems that while you may think that you’re safe to ride at night on your e-scooter and break all rules because no one’s watching, you’re actually wrong.

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Well, LTA has been on a mission to #CatchAllTheNaughtyOnes (yes, they said that), according to their Facebook post. So instead of watching out for them, why not just obey the rules and ride only on cycling paths and park connector networks?

Do also ensure that your registration and identification marks are prominently displayed otherwise you would definitely be stopped by an LTA officer.

With that said, get ready too because the ban is most likely going to extend to other personal mobility devices by the first quarter of this year. This will include hoverboards and unicycles.

We’ve said it before and we’ll gladly say it again, it’s not worth it. So ride safe, everyone!

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