A food delivery man who rode a non-compliant e-scooter was arrested on Tuesday (20 November) after turning “emotional” during an encounter with Land Transport Authority (LTA) officers.
The 33-year-old man had been stopped by LTA’s active mobility enforcement officers while riding along Yishun Avenue 2. His e-scooter was found to have exceeded the maximum allowable weight of 20kg, said the authorities.
Pictures circulating on social media showed a number of LTA officers restraining the man, who was wearing a foodpanda t-shirt.
The man, who was also carrying the company’s bag, could be seen handcuffed and shirtless while being attended to by LTA and police officers.
According to regulations that kicked in from May, e-scooters and other personal mobility devices that exceed 20kg in weight, 700mm and 25kmh in terms of top speed are banned from use here.
While the officers were explaining to the man the offence he committed, he “became emotional and laid down on the road”, said LTA.
“For the delivery man’s safety and safety of other road users, auxiliary police officers who were present restrained him temporarily until the police arrived,” it added.
“As part of LTA’s enforcement efforts to ensure public safety, non-compliant personal mobility devices, which are used on public paths will be seized for further investigations.”
The police said they were alerted to a case of rash act at around 10.30am. The man was subsequently arrested and police investigations into the matter are ongoing.
When contacted by Yahoo News Singapore, a foodpanda spokesperson declined to comment on the incident, citing that it is currently a police matter.
“With regards to safety on the road, all independent contractors take part in an orientation programme – including training modules on road safety and rules & regulations – when joining the foodpanda rider fleet. Relevant refresher initiatives are implemented on an ongoing basis,” the spokesperson added.
If convicted of using a non-compliant e-scooter, the man can be jailed up to three months, fined up to $500, or both.
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