Following a series of traffic accidents involving e-scooter, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) has posted a reminder on its Facebook page to individuals who own e-scooter to register their devices. If they do it by 31 March 2019, they will be able to enjoy a waiver of S$20 registration fee.
In March 2018, the Government accepted the Active Mobility Advisory Panel’s proposal to make e-scooter registration mandatory, as part of efforts to clamp down on reckless driving in order to improve public safety for all path users.
They have to do it by end of June this year because from 1 July 2019, it will an offence to ride an unregistered e-scooters on public paths. Those found guilty will face fines of up to S$2,000 and up to three months’ jail for a first offence.
For those who register their devices by the end of this June, they will have 14 days to attach both a number plate and LTA-issued registration mark, or face a fine of up to S$1,000 or up to three months in jail, or both.
Owners can register their devices online or at any Post Office (except Thomson and Whampoa Post Offices).
After reading this on LTA’s Facebook page, about 60 comments were received and majority of them are calling for stronger enforcement against e-scooter riders. They told that officers should be deployed regularly to ensure all devices are register after 1 July.
Some netizens even shared their personal experiences that they’ve encountered with e-scooter rider. They told that they have been hit by reckless e-scooter users before.
SK Tan said personal liability insurances should be made compulsory, or LTA should at least collect fines and use them to cover medical bills for those hit by e-scooters.
On the other hand, Wang Shiyi suggested the Government to implement a scheme to reward citizens who upload a clip of e-scooter speeding on the road.