Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Transport Baey Yam Keng announced today (March 5th) that e-scooter and electric bike riders will soon have to take “mandatory theoretical tests”.
He explained that these tests will help all drivers of such motorized devices to be aware of the existing rules and codes of conduct.
Although the exact date was not stated, he specified that the tests would start in the middle of this year. He added that a test manual would be published next month.
This announcement comes a year after the government first accepted recommendations on the use of e-scooters from the Council for Active Mobility (AMAP).
The Commission has already proposed this E-scooter drivers must be at least 16 years old and pass a theory test first before they are allowed to drive in public.
Those under the age of 16, however, need adult supervision if they want to drive.
In addition, Mr. Baey announced that all bicycles used on public paths and roads will also need to have at least one functional parking brake, which takes effect from September 2021.
After a a fatal accident involving a bicycle without brakes last year, The AMP proposed this recommendation, which was accepted by the government earlier in January.
So far, accidents involving motorized personal devices (PMD) on footpaths have been reduced by almost 80 percent between 2019 and 2020.
In 2020, there were 30 such accidents, compared to 144 in the previous year.
Moving forward, the authorities will step up educational efforts. A new campaign will be launched in May to raise awareness of how roads can be shared in a safe and kind way.
It is also planned to refresh the Safe Driving Program, which began in 2018, in the second quarter of this year to make it more interactive.
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