Electric scooters banned in Singapore

Published: 05.11.2019 Related countries:  Singapore Singapore

Electric scooters will be banned from footpaths in Singapore from 5.11.2019, in the latest and toughest measure yet to address safety concerns.

This means that electric scooters will be confined to only 440km of cycling paths islandwide, instead of the 5,500km of footpaths users could use before. From now until the end of the year, authorities will mainly issue warning letters to errant riders but a zero-tolerance approach will be taken from next year.

Those caught flouting the rules can be fined up to S$2,000 and/or jailed up to three months if convicted. There are 100,000 registered e-scooters in Singapore. Following a spate of high-profile accidents, e-scooters, already prohibited from roads, have been banned from footpaths from Tuesday, confining the personal mobility devices (PMDs) to 440km of cycling paths islandwide, instead of the additional 5,500km of footpaths riders could use before. 

Countries as Germany and France also banned electric scooters from foothpath this year. These devices are allowed on the roads in these countries but also banned from highways and rural roads.

Source: https://www.businesstimes.com.sg/transport/e-scooters-to-be-banned-from-singapore-footpaths-from-nov-5