Panel recommends lower speed limit for PMDs, making helmets compulsory on roads

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A panel tasked by the government to review the use of bicycles and personal mobility devices (PMDs) has proposed lowering the speed limit of PMDs on footpaths and making helmets mandatory for cyclists on the roads.

The Active Mobility Advisory Panel (AMAP) recommended that the speed limit on footpaths be lowered from 15km/h to 10km/h. It also suggested introducing a maximum speed of 10km/h for those using motorised personal mobility aids (PMA), and “strongly” encouraged cyclists and PMD users to take up personal and third party liability insurance.

In a statement on Friday (24 August), the panel said that it had submitted its recommendations to Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan.

This follows a public consultation exercise by AMAP in April and May, which included a survey with more than 6,000 responses and focus group discussions. The panel also asked more than 100 participants to keep a travel diary while riding bicycles or PMDs under certain guidelines.

The 14-member expert panel, led by Nee Soon Member of Parliament Associate Professor Faishal Ibrahim, was formed in 2015.

In March 2016, the AMAP made its first set of recommendations on the rules and code of conduct for cycling and the use of PMDs. They were accepted by the government and incorporated into the Active Mobility Act.

In February this year, the panel also recommended mandating the registration of e-scooters. This has been accepted by the government, which will implement a registration framework by early 2019.

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