Monday, September 22, 2014

Who Say They Are Banned?

Today in Singapore, The New Paper asked the question, "So why are electric scooters banned from our roads and pavements?" After reading the article (twice), I have to ask the question, "Are they banned from the pavements?"

I asked the question because nowhere in the article did anyone say the electric scooters are banned! To give the reporter (Ng Jun Sen) credit, he got quotes from the LTA (Land Transport Authority), the TP (Traffic Police) and the NParks (National Parks Board) on the issue, but I can't see anyone saying the scooters are banned.

The LTA say they are banned on roads (which I think everyone in Singapore will agree is a good idea), but the LTA did not say the scooters are banned on pavements. The NParks say they are banned in parks and on park connecters. I agree with their decision because if you are going to a park; walk!

The TP statement says, "To ensure the safety of all road users, enforcement action is taken against riders of unauthorised vehicles on public roads Riders caught using unauthorised vehicles on public roads are liable, on conviction, to a fine of up to $2,000 or a jail term of up to three months for the first offence."

So...who say the electric scooters are banned on pavement? Correct me if I'm wrong, but the TP statement did not say that the electric scooters are banned; only what's the fine and punishment is are using "unauthorised vehicles". They never say the electric scooters are "unauthorised vehicles.

So if no one is saying the electric scooter is banned on pavements, doesn't that mean they are legal? 

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Motorized vehicles are not permitted on footpaths, according to the Road Traffic Act.