(CNN) — Singapore has banned the riding of e-scooters on sidewalks in the city-state from Monday, November 4 after a growing number of accidents involving the motorized devices, including at least one fatality.
But after January 1, 2020, there would be “strict enforcement” of the new laws. “Those caught riding on e-scooter on footpaths will be liable for a fine of $1,472 (SGD$2000) and, or, jail up to three months,” Lam said.
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Lam said that the calls for a ban had been getting louder after an increasing number of road accidents and continued abuse of e-scooter regulations. He added the laws would not extend to people with disabilities.
But the fines there are almost a tenth of the size of Singapore’s, coming in at just $150 (135 euros).
Minister Lam said that the convenience of e-scooters for commuting and food delivery services had led them to grow rapidly to almost 100,000 devices across the city.
He said they’d tried to regulate them by putting in place safe-riding programs, speed limits and licenses for riders, but it hadn’t been enough to curb accidents.
“We continue to encounter errant riders who use non-compliant devices and ride dangerously,” he said.
Lam said 370 offenders were caught on average a month violating e-scooter regulations, leading to an increasing number of accidents.
“This ban of e-scooters from footpaths is a difficult decision but it is a necessary step for pedestrians to feel safe again on public paths,” he said.