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Lower speed limits and other rules for personal mobility devices still unsatisfactory in Singapore


A TODAY reader believes rules are only effective when they are enforceable, and suggested some sensible guidelines on PMDs.
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A TODAY reader believes rules are only effective when they are enforceable, and suggested some sensible guidelines on PMDs.

Facebook users respond to the report, “Govt fully accepts active mobility panel’s recommendations, will roll them out in early 2019”, saying that all users of shared paths have shared responsibilities, while others point out that there are still gaps when it comes to enforcement of rules for riders and users of personal mobility devices (PMDs).


Rules should be resorted to when there is no common sense.

And then rules should be sensible.

A speed limit of 10 km/h is great! How do we detect it? Is there an app on my phone that I can download?

What happens when I detect a PMD speedster on a footpath? Do they now have a registration number? Who do I report to?

Rules are only effective when they are enforceable.

How about some sensible guidelines?

1. PMDs on footpaths are "guests". Act like guests.

2. Footpaths are shared paths. Make way and give way. This means all using them, pedestrians and PMD users.

3. With great power and privilege (and speed) comes great responsibility. Use your PMD responsibly. GABRIEL GOH

Perhaps there are more pedestrians concerned about being run down by PMDs than there are PMD users, so have to weigh who is the majority. If PMD riders wish to continue to have some leeway, they had best, as a community, buck up on safety and stop hitting pedestrians. I am both pedestrian and cyclist. I must say many PMD users are appalling in their behaviour on footpaths. TZE LAN LIM

Majority of users already adhere to the rules. Pedestrians are also responsible for their actions if they walk on the park connector, or if they come onto the pavement without looking. Drivers are responsible for looking out for PMD users / cyclists at crossings.

Only a handful of outliers who have been caught on camera break the rules readily, but instead… the whole lot of users are penalised.

If 10km/h is the maximum speed… for me, walking is then as good as scootering.

Law enforcement officers will not care for load of user when doing their "spot checks", they will only test the base speed of the e-scooter and will impound it if it exceeds the speed. NOEL ONG

Don’t you think the designs of the footpath is the problem instead of blaming the users? JEREMY SU

Who's going to enforce? How would anyone know if the PMD riders are going faster than 10km/h? Report them with what? There's no licence plate, etc. CAREY WONG

Just admit that it was wrong to allow PMDs and bicycles on footpaths in the first place. MAYE ZENG

When you place your food order via Deliveroo or Foodpanda or any other food delivery portal, please don’t expect them to deliver your food fast. HANRIK TAN

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