SINGAPORE – Obligatory concept checks for e-scooter and electrical bicycle riders will start from the center of this yr, Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Transport Baey Yam Keng mentioned on Friday (March 5).
It will guarantee all riders of such motorised gadgets know the prevailing guidelines and codes of conduct, he mentioned through the debate on his ministry’s finances.
In one other transfer to enhance security, Mr Baey mentioned all bicycles used on public paths and roads may even be required to have at least one functioning handbrake, with effect from September.
Whereas he didn’t give a agency date on when necessary testing for e-scooter and e-bike riders would begin, he mentioned a take a look at handbook will likely be launched subsequent month.
The announcement comes greater than a yr after the idea for a mandatory test was first mooted by the Lively Mobility Advisory Panel (AMAP) in September 2019, following a spate of accidents involving mobility gadgets and the death of a cyclist after a collision with a speeding, non-compliant e-scooter.
The AMP had additionally proposed the requirement for all bicycles to have at the least one working handbrake, which the Authorities accepted in January. It was prompted by a fatal accident involving a brakeless bicycle last year.
Highlighting different efforts to enhance security on public paths, equivalent to necessary third-party legal responsibility insurance coverage for many who use lively mobility gadgets for work, Mr Baey mentioned the authorities may even step up training efforts.
A brand new marketing campaign will likely be launched in Could to lift consciousness on how paths may be shared in a secure and gracious method.
There are additionally plans to refresh the Secure Using Programme, which was began in 2018, within the second quarter of this yr to make it extra interactive.
Mr Lim Biow Chuan (Mountbatten) requested for extra to be performed to make sure the protection of pedestrians utilizing the footpaths and park connectors.
Whereas banning e-scooters from footpaths has introduced some reduction, the rising variety of cyclists has led to common complaints of irresponsible behaviour, he mentioned, urging the authorities to step up enforcement and set up extra cameras.
In response, Mr Baey famous that accidents involving motorised private mobility devivces (PMDs) on footpaths fell by nearly 80 per cent between 2019 and final yr. There have been 30 such accidents in 2020, in contrast with 144 the yr earlier than.
“What’s most essential is that we proceed working with the group to scale back accidents,” he mentioned. “In a small, land-constrained metropolis like Singapore, lively mobility infrastructure and rules can solely go up to now. All of us have a vital position to play too.”
Senior Minister of State for Transport Amy Khor mentioned a brand new import controls regime for PMDs and e-bikes will likely be rolled out within the first half of the yr to additional improve security.
It will assist forestall the import of non-compliant mobility gadgets, she mentioned.
Below present rules, PMDs ridden in public must meet the UL2272 fire safety standard, can’t exceed 20kg in weight and 70cm in width, and might have a prime velocity of 25kmh solely. Dr Khor mentioned the authorities will proceed to examine mobility gadgets often to discourage unlawful modifications.
She added: “For the reason that begin of the Covid-19 pandemic, many Singaporeans have embraced biking and strolling… We’re harnessing this momentum to boost the protection and ease of utilizing (stroll, cycle and trip) modes.”