Probation for 18-year-old e-scooter rider who collided with LTA officer while fleeing

·Senior Reporter
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E-scooter Dangerous speed in the city
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SINGAPORE — An e-scooter user who collided with a Land Transport Authority (LTA) officer while trying to flee from him was given 12-months probation on Tuesday (28 July).

Muhammad Faiq Ahnaf Khairul Nizam, 18, had been travelling at 34kmh over a distance of 58.1 metres along a park connector when the LTA enforcement officer flagged him down.

While initially slowing down, Faiq then picked up speed and tried to go around the officer, but ended up colliding with him.

Apart from the probation term, Faiq will have to abide by a time curfew and perform 80 hours of community service. His mother will also be placed on a bond of $5,000 to ensure Faiq’s good behaviour.

Faiq pleaded guilty to committing a rash act causing hurt on 16 June.

He was speeding on a shared path at a park connector near Verde Place on 11 June at night when enforcement officers from National Parks Board, LTA and the Singapore Police Force spotted him.

The LTA officer and his colleague stationed themselves with a speed gun along Pang Sua Park Connector to measure the speed of Faiq’s device. Based on the gun’s measurement, Faiq was travelling at a speed of 34kmh over a distance of 58.1 metres, even though he was supposed to keep to a speed of 25kmh.

The victim then identified himself as an LTA enforcement officer and instructed Faiq to slow down and stop. Faiq slowed down. As the victim approached, Faiq picked up speed and tried to manoeuvre around the victim. The officer reached out to grab the device’s handlebar when Faiq collided into him.

After the accident, the officer was conveyed to the hospital and found to have a right ankle bruise with swelling and tenderness.

For committing a rash act causing hurt, Faiq could have been jailed up to one year, or fined up to $5,000, or both.

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