LTA catches 2 e-scooter riders on 1st day of strict enforcement

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LTA officers catching an errant e-scooter rider on 1 January 2020, the first day of strict enforcement. (PHOTO: Land Transport Authority)
LTA officers catching an errant e-scooter rider on 1 January 2020, the first day of strict enforcement. (PHOTO: Land Transport Authority)

SINGAPORE — The Land Transport Authority (LTA) caught two e-scooter riders riding on footpaths on Wednesday (1 January), the day on which zero-tolerance enforcement actions against errant riders began.

In a post on its Facebook page, LTA said it stationed enforcement officers in areas such as Ang Mo Kio, Punggol, Sengkang, Sembawang and Yishun on Wednesday to catch e-scooter riders flouting the law, which was enacted on 5 November last year following a series of e-scooter-related accidents.

Up until Tuesday, errant riders were issued warnings by the authorities. From Wednesday, they can be fined up to $2,000 and/or jailed up to three months.

“E-scooter users can continue to ride their devices on cycling paths and PCNs (Park Connector Networks). We are ramping up such infrastructure islandwide to better support active mobility,” LTA said in the Facebook post, which was hash-tagged #NoMoreWarnings.

Meanwhile, The Straits Times reported that food delivery company Deliveroo has stopped assigning food delivery orders to riders on personal mobility devices (PMDs).

A Deliveroo spokesperson said that any existing PMD rider who has not switched vehicles, or applied for LTA’s e-scooter trade-in grant by the 31 December deadline, will not be able to continue working for the company until they confirm that they would like to switch vehicles.

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