E-scooter shop owner accused of riding overweight device at 'very high speed' on road

Amir Hussain
Senior Reporter
Singapore's State Courts. (Yahoo News Singapore file photo)

SINGAPORE — The owner of a shop selling e-scooters allegedly rode a personal mobility device at a “very high speed” on the road, a court heard.

Samuel Tan Woon Yeow, 37, allegedly also rode on a device that weighed 48.28kg - more than double the weight of a compliant device.

He was caught by a Traffic Police officer on a patrol motorbike.

At the State Courts on Thursday (1 August), Tan was charged with riding a personal mobility device on the road under the Road Traffic Act, which carries a fine of up to $2,000 and/or up to three months’ jail.

The owner of Synergy Scooters in Beach Road is accused of riding his e-scooter along Lim Chu Kang Road towards Jalan Bahar at about 12.10am on 6 July.

Land Transport Authority prosecutor Ng Jun Kai asked for the case to be mentioned at a later date as the Traffic Police were still conducting investigations and may tender further charges against Tan.

Under the law, the unladen weight of a personal mobility device cannot exceed 20kg.

E-scooter sharing firm faces more charges

Separately at the Traffic Court on Thursday, e-scooter sharing firm Neuron Mobility had 56 additional charges tendered against it for unlawfully offering device-sharing services in public places.

Neuron Mobility was first prosecuted under the Parking Places Act in February for offering device-sharing services in two public places - Bencoolen Street and Battery Road - without a licence.

Under the law, such services require a licence or exemption approved by the transport minister.

In all, the firm now faces 58 charges of unlawfully providing device-sharing services in public places.

The case will be mentioned again at a later date.

If found guilty on each charge, an unlicensed operator can be fined up to $10,000 and jailed up to six months.

The operator also face a further fine of $500 per day or part of a day during which the offence continues after conviction.

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