Recently, the Ministry of Transport has received several recommendations from the Active Mobility Advisory Panel. The Ministry of Transport has accepted these recommendations, including a minimum age of 16 years and making it compulsory to pass a theory exam before you can take the scooters on the road.
Due to concerns about installation safety while using the scooters, the Active Mobility Advisory Panel made suggestions last September to reduce the number of accidents. Therefore, the code of conduct that deals with the users of mobility devices will be updated and expanded with pedestrians in mind. It will be altered to make it safer for pedestrians. It will also include guidelines encouraging pedestrians to keep to the left on the sidewalk.
Singapore recently followed in France’s footsteps by banning the e-scooters from the sidewalk. But now they even go a step further. Anyone who wants to use an e-scooter or an e-bike will have to pass a theory exam before they are allowed to go on the road. In addition, they have also set a minimum age of 16 years.
When it was announced on 4 December, the Ministry of Transport announced that it agrees with all the recommendations of the Active Mobility Advisory Panel. For example, the theory exam and the minimum age are the beginning. Users who use the e-steps during their work are now obliged to take out third-party insurance. In addition, it is now also forbidden to use your phone when you actively use the scooter.
The recommendations of the Active Mobility Advisory Panel came at an opportune moment. The ministry was already looking at how they could improve safety on the road and on the pavement. The Senior Minister of Sate for Transport Lamp Pin Min thanked the members of the panel for all their recommendations in a Facebook post.
From sidewalk to bike lane
Last month, 100,000 e-scooters were registered in Singapore, but the circumstances surrounding the means of transport have now changed dramatically. Now that the e-scooters are no longer allowed to drive on the pavement, a new way of driving had to be found. Given the speed of the e-scooters, they were moved to the bike lane. The Land Transport Authority (LTA) is currently looking at ways to implement this in traffic. In total there are now 440 km of cycle paths in Singapore. The LTA plans to expand this to 750 km in the next five years. And by 2030 they hope to have tripled it.
In addition, approximately 7,000 food service providers from the three largest food delivery services were given the option of breaking a 7 million dollar grant to scale up to sustainable devices such as an e-bike or e-scooter. There is also a separate grant for people who own an e-scooter. They will receive 100 dollars if they recycle devices that do not comply with the UL2272 law at an early stage. This is the new safety standard.