Come Jan 15 this year, Personal Mobility Device (PMD) users caught riding on roads will be slapped with harsher penalties, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) said today in a press release.
Just in case you didn’t know, cruising along roads (and expressways, of course) on PMDs is an offence, as this poses a danger to the riders themselves and other road users. These prohibited vehicles include e-scooters, e-bicycles, kick-scooters, and hoverboards.
So to deter errant users, the LTA has come up with tougher penalties for all offenders. The current fine of S$100 will be hiked up to S$300 for local roads and S$500 for major roads for first-time offenders, while repeat offenders will face stiffer punishment, including court action.
Any first-time offender caught riding on expressways will be charged in court. Their PMDs will also be impounded during the investigation.
If convicted, first-time offenders can face a fine of up to S$2,000 and/or a jail term of up to three months, while repeat offenders face a maximum fine of S$5,000 and/or imprisonment of up to six months.