A GrabFood delivery rider has been held accountable for causing grievous hurt to an elderly man after crashing into him on his e-scooter.
Jegatheswaran Kalaiselvan, 22, was speeding along a walkway near Block 152 Serangoon North Avenue 1 around noon on October 21 last year when he failed to spot Liaw Bok Chai, 75, coming down a flight of stairs. The impact of the collision resulted in Liaw suffering from a brain bleed and fractured cheekbone, although he has since made a full recovery.
As a consequence of his negligence, Jegatheswaran was sentenced to a seven-day short detention order on July 16. Under the order, he will be placed behind bars for a brief period but will not have a criminal record upon release. On top of that, the youth was instructed to perform 140 hours of community service within a year.
For causing grievous hurt due to negligence, Jegatheswaran could have been jailed for up to two years and fined up to $5,000.
With the spike in accidents involving PMDs, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) has emphasized a set of code of conduct that all 85,000 registered PMD users are encouraged to follow.
Best Practices Riding A PMD
- Watch your speed and go slow around others.
- Check that your lights, brakes and tyres are in good working condition before setting off.
- Check the height of your handlebars and seat on the bicycle to ensure that you have full control of the device when coming to a sudden stop in an emergency.
- Keep both hands on the handlebars. Signal your attention to change course or make a turn ahead of time.
- Ride on bicycle crossings when available.
- Keep a safe distance from other path users especially when overtaking to avoid collision.
- Avoid projecting your device lights into the face of another device rider or of a pedestrian when riding.
- Keep left on paths unless when overtaking.
- Slow down when approaching bus stops and/or intersections of public paths.
- Walk your device in crowded areas.
- Gently alert others before overtaking.
- Always give way to pedestrians.
- Ride on shared paths when available.
- Park your devices at designated parking places such as bicycle racks and yellow boxes.
Image Source: The Straits Times | Land Transport Authority