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Rider Beware: S’pore Govt Bans PMDs at HDB Estates

Across all housing estates in the People’s Action Party’s (PAP) 15 town councils, the riding of personal mobility devices (PMDs) has been banned at void decks and common corridors.

Today (Monday, 5 Aug), Senior Minister of State for Transport Dr Lam Pin Min declared that PMDs will not be allowed to be ridden in void decks and common corridors of HDB estates across 15 People’s Action Party (PAP) -headed town councils.

These include:

  • Ang Mo Kio Town Council
  • Bishan – Toa Payoh Town Council
  • Choa Chu Kang Town Council
  • East Coast – Fengshan Town Council
  • Holland – Bukit Panjang Town Council
  • Jalan Besar Town Council
  • Jurong – Clementi Town Council
  • Marine Parade Town Council
  • Marsiling – Yew Tee Town Council
  • Nee Soon Town Council
  • Pasir Ris – Punggol Town Council
  • Sembawang Town Council
  • Tampines Town Council
  • Tanjong Pagar Town Council
  • West Coast Town Council

The only Town Council out of the PAP’s jurisdiction is the Aljunied-Hougang East Town Council, which is administered by the Workers’ Party. Today reports that the ban is currently under consideration.

This comes in response to the growing number of accidents involving PMDs in Singapore, some of which had resulted in fatalities. The Land Transport Authority (LTA) will also conduct a three-month pilot of pedestrian-only zones (POZs) in Ang Mo Kio, Bedok, Khatib and Tampines. It will also double its staff of enforcement officers to 200 by the end of 2019.

Noting the success of policy in improving the integration of bicycles in public spaces, Dr Lam also acknowledged that there is greater room for education and policy improvements that will help citizens share walkways with PMDs with greater safety.

These include S$50 million in infrastructure upgrades at accident hotspots involving PMDs. Widening footpaths, clear warning signs and speed regulating strips are part of this initiative. A particular emphasis on School Zones has been made, with several trials implemented.

On a greater scale, selected car lanes will be reclaimed for cycling paths, extending the 440km of total dedicated cycling lanes in Singapore to 750km by 2025, and tripling it by 2030.

Ian Ling
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4 thoughts on “Rider Beware: S’pore Govt Bans PMDs at HDB Estates

  1. Brian

    The use of these are trialed in 5 towns here, i really hope it dont get allowed, its just messing up the towns and environment ( forests & rivers / lakes where people dump scooters ) so pretty evident Danes are now too stupid to handle this.
    I have higher hopes for SGP thats a bit more classy than Denmark are now.

  2. Hey Brian, our only e-scooter sharing platform in Singapore has just passed its trial stage, and I hope it doesn’t get to that point, especially since these vehicles have batteries and in time will leach dangerous heavy metals into natural spaces. Several Chinese-owned dockless bicycle-sharing companies have gone bust and their bicycles are strewn everywhere. It’s terrible, and I can empathise.

  3. v_chen

    Well, that’s an announcement. It’s a good start, however, an announcement is just that – an announcement, because policing it is a totally different ball game. Say, smoking is not allowed at HDB corridors, void decks, lifts, but people still do that – because it is hard to police. Same for PMDs, those who don’t heed the laws will carrying on using it at void decks and corridors – because it is difficult to police. Let’s see how they pull that off…

  4. Brian

    Indeed, it seem like people are no longer able to police them self so we have what i call the morel decline.
    I still stand there at night with no traffic waiting for the light to turn green. but more and more Danes dont give a damn now, and TBH it dont even have to be at night or low traffic.

    Of course Denmark only having 50 % of the police we had like 10 – 15 years ago dont help, and really to change this problem i think we might need a lot more cops that just doubling the current number.
    You can not call the police here, at least you have to know some things they will just say “sorry but we dont have time” to deal with your shoplifting problem or some other “minor” crimes.

    Its embarrassing if you ask me.

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