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E-scooter allegedly does 150kmh along Tanah Merah East Coast Road

Faster than cars.

Zhangxin Zheng | July 12, 11:57 am

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More rules regulating the use of personal mobility devices (PMDs) to ensure the safety of users and pedestrians have kicked in.

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However, daredevils on e-scooters are still in our midst travelling on the roads at unholy speeds.

Riding at 150kmh

A video posted to YouTube by Tune Extreme on July 9, 2019, showed how fast a modified e-scooter can go as it was filmed speeding on Tanah Merah Coast Road.

The video has been taken down but was subsequently re-shared on Facebook.

You can see it here:

 

The 40-second video showed a supposed speedometer clocking the e-scooter travelling initially at around 107kmh before speeding over 150kmh.

The video was re-shared on Facebook:

Tune Extreme is supposedly a home-based business that provides modifications to PMDs, but their Facebook page has been taken down too.

Speaking to The New Paper, a few local PMD retailers and service providers shared that such modifications are usually done overseas or with home-based businesses, which can be hard to track down.

Riding at such speed is dangerous for both user and other motorists, as well as affecting the e-scooter community as a whole.

Screenshots from Road.sg.
Screenshots from Road.sg.
Screenshots from Road.sg.

Illegal and dangerous act

Under the Active Mobility Act, PMDs have to be under 20kg and not wider than 70cm.

PMDs can only be used on shared paths at up to 25kmh or footpaths at up to 10kmh.

It is also compulsory to register your e-scooter from July 1, 2019.

First-time offenders will be fined up to S$5,000 and/ or jailed for up to three months.

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Top image from Tune Extreme YouTube

About Zhangxin Zheng

Zhangxin’s favourite pastime is singing Mulan’s soundtrack in the mangrove forests. She hopes to perfect the art of napping in a hammock in the mangroves without being drowned by rising sea levels.

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