Three men – two Singaporeans and a Chinese national – were charged in court on Friday (9 March) in separate cases, for allegedly causing hurt to pedestrians while operating personal mobility devices (PMDs).
Qin Jian, a 32-year-old Chinese national, faces one charge of committing a negligent act for riding his e-scooter at 607 Clementi West St 2 and allegedly failing to slow down as he was approaching a lift lobby. He collided with an 11-year-old boy, causing him to suffer abrasions on his right elbow, wrist and knee.
Qin told the court he intends to plead guilty. The prosecution says it will seek a fine. He was set to be sentenced in the afternoon of 9 March.
Liu Jiaming, 26, faces one charge of committing a negligent act for allegedly riding his e-scooter in Yishun Park Hawker Centre at Yishun Ave 11 and colliding with a 61-year-old woman on 19 October last year. The woman suffered tenderness on the back of her head and was taken to hospital as a result of the collision. Liu will be back in court on 23 March.
Ivyn Toh, 22, faces one charge of committing a negligent act for allegedly riding his e-scooter on the pavement at an unsafe speed near 549 Woodlands Drive 44, resulting in a collision with an 8-year-old boy. The boy suffered bruises on his face and pain in his wrist. Toh will be back in court on 16 March.
Toh also faces a charge of voluntarily causing hurt and another of breaching a personal protection order.
All three men are out on bail.
If convicted, each man faces a jail term of up to six months, a fine of up to $2,500, or both.
On Wednesday (7 March), during the Committee of Supply debate for the Ministry of Transport, Senior Minister of State for Transport Lam Pin Min announced that a mandatory e-scooter registration regime will be introduced by the end of this year to help deter reckless behaviour and help law enforcement officers track down errant users.