The Land Transport Authority (LTA) issued more than 100 warnings to errant personal mobility device (PMD) users as of 5pm on Tuesday (Nov 5), the same day that a ban on e-scooters from footpaths took effect.
These riders were caught using their devices on footpaths on the first day of an “advisory period” which lasts till the end of the year. LTA had said that a similar ban on all other PMDs, including hoverboards, will be rolled out progressively by the first quarter of 2020.
Separately, the National Parks Board (NParks) said in response to TODAY’s queries that it is an offence under the Parks and Trees Act to ride PMDs on green verges beside the footpaths without permission. Offenders can be fined up to S$5,000 if convicted.
NParks’ comments came after videos of people riding their e-scooters on grass patches beside pavements — in order to avoid flouting the new ban — made the rounds on social media.
“NParks advises users of PMDs not to ride on turf. It will damage the turf and lead to soil erosion. The uneven ground may also be a safety concern to PMD users,” an NParks spokesperson said.
On Monday, the Government announced that the use of e-scooters on all footpaths will be banned from Tuesday and riders may use them only on cycling paths and park connector networks. Such devices will continue to be banned from roads as well.
Those who do not comply can be fined up to S$2,000, jailed up to three months, or both.
To allow users to adjust to the new rules, LTA will provide an “advisory period” where warnings will be given out, although the authority will take strict enforcement action against egregious cases.
From Jan 1, 2020, a “zero-tolerance” approach will be taken, and those caught riding an e-scooter on footpaths will face regulatory action.
LTA reiterated on Tuesday that its enforcement officers regularly patrol public paths islandwide. It also acts on feedback by members of the public, including through the MyTransport.SG mobile application.
LTA is committed to enlarging its enforcement team to about 200 members by the end of the year.
Source: TODAY Singapore