The high-ranking parliamentary transport minister Baey Yam Keng announced today (March 5th) that e-scooter and e-bike riders will soon have to take “compulsory theoretical tests”.
He argued that these tests will help ensure that all drivers of such motorized devices are aware of the existing rules and codes of conduct.
Although an exact date was not given, he said testing will begin in the middle of this year. He added that a testing manual will be released next month.
This announcement comes one year after the government first adopted recommendations on the use of e-scooters from the Active Mobility Advisory Panel (AMAP).
The panel had previously suggested that e-scooter drivers should be at least 16 years old and pass a theoretical test first before being allowed to drive in public.
However, anyone under the age of 16 will need adult supervision if they wish to drive.
In addition, Mr. Baey announced that all bicycles used on public paths and roads will require at least one working handbrake from September 2021.
After a fatal accident involving a brakeless bicycle last year, the AMP proposed this recommendation, which the government accepted in early January.
So far, accidents involving motorized personal devices (PMDs) on footpaths have decreased by almost 80 percent between 2019 and 2020.
There were 30 such accidents in 2020, compared to 144 in the previous year.
In the future, the authorities will step up their educational efforts. A new campaign will be launched in May to raise awareness of how paths can be shared in a safe and lovable way.
There are also plans to update the Safe Riding program launched in 2018 in the second quarter of this year to make it more interactive.
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