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Riku Tanaka
January 7 12:28

Singapore's Active Mobility Act to extend ban on footpath riding to motorized transport beyond e-scooters

Under the Amendment Bill, the sidewalk restrictions will also include other portable mobility gadgets such as hoverboards and electric unicycles.
Amendments to the Active Mobility Act presented in Singapore Parliament on January 6th, which was originally meant to prohibit riding electric scooters on sidewalks and footpaths, will also extend the prohibition to other motorized personal mobility devices (PMDs).
The original restrictive law came into effect on November 5th of last year, which described electric scooters as PMDs with handlebars and prohibited riding the vehicles on roads that are designated for pedestrian traffic.
The new amended law also places into effect mandatory inspections of the electric vehicles that will demand that such PMDs undergo compulsory assessments at regular intervals, starting on April 1st of this year.
The Bill also permits the execution of various proposals that were made by the Active Mobility Advisory board including an obligatory knowledge test and restricts e-scooters riders to be at least 16 years of age or older.
"To strengthen LTA's (Land Transport Authority) ability to tackle illegal modification of devices, the amendments also expand the regulatory regime to cover all modifications of devices used on public paths, including those who modify their own devices and those who do without compensation," said the Transport Ministry (MOT) in a statement.
Under the changes, the most extreme punishments for major offenses by the riders and dealers will be expanded as a part of an effort to dissuade reckless conduct, according to the authority.
"The proposed amendments aim to strengthen our regulatory regime on active mobility devices and retailers and promote better public path safety," said the ministry.
Aside from the Active Mobility Act, the Shared Mobility Enterprises (Control and Licensing Bill) sets out another Act that will replace the current licensing system for mobility device sharing, which is currently governed by the Parking Places Act.
"More details of these amendments will be set out in the Second Readings of the Active Mobility (Amendment) Bill and Shared Mobility Enterprises (Control and Licensing) Bill in February 2020," said the MOT.