Riding PMDs illegally in S’pore from Jan. 15: S$300 fine for riding on roads, S$500 on expressways
Repeat offenders will be charged in court, where fines start in the thousands.
If there was one lesson we learnt in 2017, it is without a doubt that people in Singapore are terrible Personal Mobility Device (PMD) users.
Like these people, riding as if they’re on their grandfather’s road:
orbigood fella, who refused to listen to the gentle warnings of a kind motorist and so obviously had it coming:
Or this dude who got caught and still tried to escape from Land Transport Authority (LTA) enforcement officers:
These two cases above happened last month. Among many others.
Last year, the LTA impounded more than 480 PMDs for various offences, including for illegally riding on roads.
Heads’ up: harsher penalties
It’s become clear to the LTA that existing regulations have not been sufficient to stop PMD users from endangering their own lives and those of other users.
So be reminded that come January 15, tougher measures to curb riding of PMDs on roads and expressways will be kicking in together with the new Active Mobility Act that was passed in January last year.
First time offenders will face a fine ranging from $300 to $500 (it is currently $100).
Riding on expressways will land you in court, where you can look forward to a fine of up to $2,000 and/or up to 3 months’ jail.
If you persist in doing this, a special treat of $5,000 and/or up to 6 months’ jail is in store for you.
Here’s a summary of other fines and jail term penalties in store if you commit the following further traffic offences with your PMDs:
Better rethink your travel routes if you’re going to use a PMD this year.
You can see LTA’s Facebook post announcing this here:
Here are just a few (of the many) Singapore e-scooter users behaving badly:
Top images via LTA Facebook.