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Changes to law will see all motorised mobility devices banned from S’pore footpaths from Apr. 2020

The only motorised vehicles allowed will be personal mobility aids.

Nyi Nyi Thet | February 4, 05:42 pm

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If changes to the Active Mobility Act are passed in Parliament on Tuesday (Feb. 4), the ban on riding e-scooters on footpaths will be extended to all motorised mobility devices from April 2020.

Senior Minister of State for Transport Janil Puthucheary made the announcement in Parliament on Tuesday, ahead of debates on the amendment bill’s second reading.

The changes to the law will see only non-motorised active mobility devices such as bicycles, kick-scooters, and Personal Mobility Aids (PMAs) allowed on footpaths.

This is a significant expansion to the policy announcement in November last year, which saw all e-scooters being banned from footpaths.

E-scooters permanently banned from public footpaths starting Nov. 5, 2019

Janil also said footpath accidents involving PMDs have reduced 52 per cent since the ban on e-scooters.

The amendments to the law will also see those under 16 not allowed to ride e-scooters on cycling paths.

The maximum penalties if a minor is caught doing so include detention and a potential fine. But the courts retain discretion in imposing punishment, having regard to the circumstances of the case, and laws such as the Penal Code and the Children and Young Persons Act.

This change will follow the ban on e-bike riders who are under 16.

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