UPDATE: Senior Minister of State for Transport Lam Pin Min stated in Parliament on Monday (6 January) that the number of errant e-scooter riders caught was 27 since the start of strict enforcement.
SINGAPORE — The Land Transport Authority (LTA) has nabbed 24 errant e-scooter riders since the start of its strict enforcement of the footpath ban for such devices on New Year’s Day.
The authority said in a Facebook post on Sunday (5 January) that it conducted its latest enforcement operations across Friday night and Saturday morning in Bukit Panjang and Jurong.
Plain clothes officers were on the lookout for e-scooter riders who “refused to heed repeated reminders” by riding on footpaths in breach of the Active Mobility Act, the LTA said.
Apart from nabbing these riders, officers also impounded several devices which exceeded the stipulated weight limit of 20kg. Several power-assisted bicycle (PAB) users were also caught for using their devices on footpaths. The ban against PABs on footpaths has been in effect since May 2018.
The rule banning e-scooters from footpaths came into effect on 5 November last year, but errant riders were issued warnings up until 31 December during the advisory period.
Two non-compliant e-scooter riders were caught on New Year’ Day when enforcement officers scoured areas in Ang Mo Kio, Punggol, Sengkang, Sembawang and Yishun.
With the ban, the devices can only be used on cycling paths and Park Connector Networks.
From 1 January, those convicted of flouting the ban can be fined up to $2,000 and/or jailed up to three months.