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Old 11th January 2017, 10:25 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Stiff penalties to put brakes on reckless PMD, e-bike riders

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Stiff penalties to put brakes on reckless PMD, e-bike riders

Foo Jie Ying
The New Paper
Wednesday, Jan 11, 2017

E-bikes will soon have to be registered to an owner and carry a registration plate, said Mrs Josephine Teo. This is because e-bikes, also known as power-assisted bicycles, are more prone to illegal modification and have a great potential to cause serious injury, the Senior Minister of State for Transport told Parliament yesterday.

This will be mandated through an amendment in the subsidiary legislation under the Road Traffic Act. It is in tandem with the Active Mobility Bill, which was passed by Parliament yesterday.

With the Bill, rules on where personal mobility devices (PMDs), power-assisted bicycles and bicycles can be used will take effect later this year.

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PMD users told: Be more safety-conscious



Members of the Active Mobility Enforcement Officers (AMEO) from Land Transport Authority (LTA) inspecting the motorised bicycles along a pavement on 5 October 2016. They were deployed at Yung Sheng Road to promote safe sharing of paths, as well as deter reckless behaviour on bicycles and personal mobility devices (PMD).
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Foo Jie Ying
The New Paper
Wednesday, Jan 11, 2017

Speeding and reckless bike riding. Illegal bike parking. Disputes among users of footpaths. These make up some 200 complaints at the People's Action Party's 15 town councils every year, said Dr Teo Ho Pin.

The coordinating chairman of PAP Town Councils, who spoke during the Active Mobility Bill debate yesterday, said the complaints are related to the use of bicycles, e-bikes and personal mobility devices (PMDs).

With Parliament's passing of the Active Mobility Bill yesterday, more people will be using shared paths, and this will lead to more conflict among users, the MP for Bukit Panjang said.

The Bill introduces rules for the use of PMDs, e-bikes and personal mobility aids, as well as penalties for reckless behaviour.

These will come into effect later this year.

Senior Minister of State for Transport Josephine Teo told Parliament that active mobility - a key pillar of the Government's vision for transport - must be supported by a culture of graciousness.

There is still some way to go to reach a desirable level of civility, which is already a norm in cities with strong active mobility culture such as Amsterdam, Copenhagen and Tokyo, she said.

"More regularly than we would like, we hear feedback about recklessness by cyclists and PMD users.

"As it stands today, I'm afraid the burden lies more with cyclists and PMD users to demonstrate that the majority of them can be relied upon to be safety-conscious and responsible users of public paths.

"I'm glad that there is a growing fraternity within this group that is determined to do so."

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Re: Stiff penalties to put brakes on reckless PMD, e-bike riders

The speed limit impose on E-bikers is necessary, whereas the restriction on where the e-bikers, bicycles and PMD can ride on, be it motorists road, cycling pavement or pedestrian pavement, is unnecessary. Because many e-bikers and cyclists are already adults or mature person, they should know how to judge and take care of themselves.

Last time when I cycling to work, I used 3 pavement, motorists road, pedestrian pavement and cycling pavement. I used pedestrian pavement because it safe from vehicles, but I cant use that all the time. Because some people will grumble or give u a nasty look. So sometimes, I used motorist pavement. Then sometimes when riding through garden park, I can be more relax cause got cycling pavement. Give and take, and switch "lanes" depending on the situation.

Anyway, Singapore is a small country, it's impossible for the PAP government to build cycling pavement in every corner and every road. So why the government bother to set this kind of rules and regulations in the first place? It's impractical.

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Some bloggers are right, Singapore government is naïve. Strange right?...Supposedly, GCT should be much wiser, more mature, and much more experience than LHL. But in the end, his standard seem to be around the same as LHL.

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