It has been announced in Parliament today that all e-scooter owners will have to register with the Land Transport Authority (LTA) somewhere at end of the year and have identification stickers pasted prominently on their devices to deter reckless behaviour and to facilitate tracking down of errant users.
This was announced by Senior Minister of State for Transport Lam Pin Min in Parliment during the Ministry of Transport's Committee of Supply debate on Wednesday.
Dr Lam said the Government has decided to accept the Active Mobility Advisory Panel (AMAP)’s recommendation to mandate the registration of e-scooters on public paths. He said, “Registering e-scooters will help deter reckless behaviour, accord more responsibility to the users, and facilitate enforcement officers in tracking down errant users...”
The AMAP was set up in July 2015 to formulate a comprehensive set of rules and code of conduct to shape a safe and gracious active mobility culture. The Panel comprises representatives from key stakeholder groups, such as seniors, youths, grassroots, cyclists, motorists and users of PMDs.
The registration regime will be implemented by the end of the year, and the process will be kept as simple and low-cost as possible, said Dr Lam. “Our tough stance targets the minority of reckless users to deter bad behaviour. It should not discourage the majority of responsible and considerate users from enjoying the benefits of active mobility,” Dr Lam said.
LTA in its separate announcement notes that the mandatory registration will require all e-scooter owners to provide their personal particulars as part of the registration process, and paste identification stickers prominently onto their devices.
Owners will also be required to ensure that their e-scooters comply with the requirements of the Active Mobility Act and do not exceed 20 kg in maximum unladen weight; 700 mm in maximum width; and 25 km/h in maximum device speed. The registration regime will take effect in the second half of the year.
More details will be announced by LTA when ready.
LTA states that the registration would deter reckless riding, foster greater rider responsibility and facilitate enforcement efforts in tracking down errant riders. Overall, this would create a safer environment for riders, pedestrians and motorists and would help to reduce the rising number of accidents involving e-scooters on public paths as a result of inconsiderate and reckless actions of some e-scooter riders.
AMAP also recommended that there is currently no need to mandate registration of other types of PMDs, such as electric hoverboards and unicycles, as their usage is less widespread and their speeds are lower when used. The Government accepts this recommendation by AMAP and LTA states it will continue to monitor the situation and assess if further measures are needed going forward.