Singapore plans to ban electric scooters from driving on the pavement from tomorrow, citing a series of injuries and even deaths caused by a collision between an electric scooter and pedestrians. Violations are punishable by a fine of up to S$2,000 ($1,474), or three months’ imprisonment, or both. Singapore’s government says the new rules will be in place for a consultation period by the end of this year and will be strictly enforced from next year.
Singapore is one of the most expensive countries in the world for car ownership, and electric scooters are the mode of transport of choice for many commuters. But with the widespread adoption of electric scooters, there have been a series of injuries, including the death of at least one person. In September, a 20-year-old motorcyclist was arrested after a crash and a 65-year-old cyclist fell into a coma after being hit and eventually died. In addition, some people charge electric scooters at home, setting off fires.
Singapore has previously banned electric scooters from driving on the road, and while it will still be able to drive on bike lanes in the future, the sidewalk ban will effectively discourage their use among many commercial customers.
Singapore’s government says it will work with food delivery companies such as Grab, Deliveroo and FoodPanda to replace electric scooters used by their delivery drivers with bicycles and motorcycles.