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2 unlicensed e-scooter sharing firms hauled to court; PMD fleets impounded

SINGAPORE — E-scooter sharing firm Telepod was charged in court on Thursday (Feb 21) for providing Personal Mobility Device (PMD) sharing services at public places without a licence or exemption.

The Land Transport Authority said in a press release that as of February 14, it had impounded 68 Telepod PMDs “which had been illegally made available for hire at public places”.

The Land Transport Authority said in a press release that as of February 14, it had impounded 68 Telepod PMDs “which had been illegally made available for hire at public places”.

SINGAPORE — E-scooter sharing firm Telepod was charged in court on Thursday (Feb 21) for providing Personal Mobility Device (PMD) sharing services at public places without a licence or exemption.

The Land Transport Authority (LTA) said in a press release that as of Feb 14, it had impounded 68 Telepod PMDs “which had been illegally made available for hire at public places”.

“This was after LTA’s repeated written warnings to Telepod that it should not make PMDs available for hire without a licence or prior exemption,” added the authority.

A second company, Neuron Mobility, will be charged in court at a later date for providing similar services in public places.

The LTA has impounded 131 of its PMDs as of Feb 14, and has “completed investigations against them”.

Unlicensed operators can be fined up to S$10,000 and/or face a jail term of up to six months and receive a further fine of S$500 per day or part of a day during which the offence continues after conviction, said the LTA.

“LTA would like to remind all operators that when evaluating licence applications, LTA will consider their track record, including their compliance with the law and regulatory requirements,” added the authority.

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