3 e-scooter riders to be charged for causing hurt to pedestrians

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Three e-scooter riders will be charged in court on Friday (9 March), in separate cases, for allegedly causing hurt to pedestrians while operating their personal mobility devices (PMDs).

According to a Singapore Police Force news release, the three men – aged between 23 and 32 – will be charged for negligent acts causing hurt over the alleged offences committed between July and November last year.

In the first incident on 5 July last year, an 11-year-old boy was injured when he was hit by an e-scooter operated by a 32-year-old man at the void deck of a HDB block along Clementi West Street 1.

On 19 October last year, a 61-year-old woman was hit by an e-scooter being ridden by a 26-year-old man at a hawker centre at Yishun Ave 11. The woman was taken to hospital as a result of the collision.

The third incident, on 14 November last year, involved an eight-year-old boy who was hit by an e-scooter operated by a 23-year-old man along a pathway at Woodlands Ave 4.

If convicted, each man faces a prison term of up to six months, a fine of up to $2,500, or both.

On Wednesday, Senior Minister of State for Transport Lam Pin Min announced that a mandatory e-scooter registration regime will be introduced by the end of this year.

Speaking during his ministry’s Committee of Supply debate, Lam was responding to concerns raised by several Members of Parliament over reckless PMD users who posed a threat to pedestrians and motorists.

“Registering e-scooters will help deter reckless behaviour, accord more responsibility to the users and facilitate enforcement officers in tracking down errant users,” he said.

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