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Registration of e-scooters and penalties not enough as safeguards for pedestrian safety

Owners of e-scooters who are at least 16 years old may register their devices from Jan 2 next year. From July 1 next year, it will be an offence to ride an unregistered e-scooter on public paths. Despite this measure and more to clamp down on reckless riders, most readers are still not convinced that enough is done to ensure the safety of pedestrians.

Registration of e-scooters and penalties not enough as safeguards for pedestrian safety

Owners of e-scooters who are at least 16 years old may register their devices from Jan 2 next year. From July 1 next year, it will be an offence to ride an unregistered e-scooter on public paths. Despite this measure and more to clamp down on reckless riders, most readers are still not convinced that enough is done to ensure the safety of pedestrians.

 

 

Good move by the Government. PAT KOK WAH

 

Good! But how to enforce? WILLIE TAN

 

Age limit should be 21 at least. ANDY KOH

 

Ban it… Can't walk in peace, must always be on a lookout for riders. VIMALA ROUBEN

 

After registering, please issue number plates for e-scooters, too. DANIEL LIAW

 

After registration, the device may still be modified. How do you control this? Nothing to stop youth using modified e-scooter for speeding? CHONG YANNA

 

All motorised personal mobility devices must be certified to the UL2272 standard from Jan 1, 2021. Retailers will be banned from selling motorised PMDs that are not to standard from July 1, 2019. Those who own e-scooters without the certification can register their devices if they were bought before July 1, 2019, but they can only be used on public paths until Dec 31, 2020, and will automatically become de-registered on Jan 1, 2021… So many dates…cannot all start soon? IRENE LIANG

 

I also wonder why need to implement in stages. It will cause more accidents to happen… Make them buy third-party insurance. Else, who will pay for medical costs if your granny or mother gets knocked down seriously? MIKE NG

 

What use is money when the physical injury is done? I’d rather be injury-free than let these people ride this way just because there is insurance… Make it compulsory for e-scooter riders to use the roads and not the pavements… To promote a healthy lifestyle, ban it. Make these lazy bums walk instead of endangering others. WILLIAM SAM

 

From July 1, 2019? Why not 2299?! PAULINE JANE HUI

 

Nowadays, just to go a short distance, they need e-scooters. Walking is good for health. Youngsters should be restricted from using them in the first place — they like to go on “thrill rides”, speeding like nobody's business. Even some of these food delivery riders who are using e-scooters, especially those younger ones, are speeding through the crowds. How many more deaths and injuries are required for our Government to wake up? DANIEL CHUA SJ

 

So many dangerous e-scooter riders. They always think they have the right of way. JUSTIN LEE

 

After hitting you, they scoot away. How to find them? Number plate or camera anywhere? MARIA SEOW

 

E-scooter is designed for one person to use, those who drive around carrying an additional person should also be fined. AB SEET

 

 

*Comments were first posted on TODAY's Facebook page and are edited for language and clarity.

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