Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, cats and dogs: your wish has been granted.
A large enforcement operation, comprising officers from NParks, Singapore Police Force (SPF), and Land Transport Authority (LTA) Active Mobility Enforcement Team, took place on Friday (17 May 2019) night, and people didn’t see it coming because the officers were in plain clothes.
Taking place in Punggol Town, the area with many young people, the convert operation comprises more than 60 officers and let’s just say that this would definitely deter more riders like them:
According to LTA, on 17 May 2019, the plainclothes officers teamed up for this combined enforcement operation to catch errant e-scooters and e-bicycle riders. The operation also included the park connector park in the area.
Unsurprisingly, they found more than 20 offences, including speeding and riders using non-compliant devices.
11 of those non-compliant devices were compounded, and one of them apparently weighed almost 60 kg – that’s three times the limit.
To add on, LTA also released some new figures: according to them, “Of the 3,700 active mobility offences detected from 1 May 2018 and 30 April 2019, almost 20% of them pertain to speeding, reckless riding and the use of PMDs on roads. Around 50% of the offences relate to device non-compliance, and PAB-related offences make up most of the remainder.”
If you’re still confused over the rules, this image might shed some light:
Basically, just remember these points:
- You can only ride your e-scooter on footpaths and park connectors, and the limit is 10 kmh for footpaths and 25 kmh on park connectors
- You can only ride your e-bicycle on the roads
- Your e-scooter must be less than 20kg and less than 70cm width
- You need to register your e-scooters by 30 June 2019, if not it’s an offence to ride one
For more info, click here.
In the meantime, you might want to check out LTA’s Facebook post about this operation. Actually, you should check out their #hashtags, because I’ve never known them to be so hip.
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