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Government accepts Recommendations of Active Mobility Advisory Panel for Safer Path Sharing

04 Sep 2018 News Releases

1.     The Active Mobility Advisory Panel submitted its recommendations for safer path
sharing to the Minister for Transport on 24 August 2018. After carefully studying the Panel’s suggestions, the Ministry of Transport has decided to accept all of the following
recommendations and to implement them in early-2019:

a)     Speed limit on footpaths for personal mobility device users and cyclists:
The current 15km/h speed limit on footpaths will be brought down to 10km/h so that both personal mobility device (PMD) users, cyclists and pedestrians have enough time to react to each other in unforeseen circumstances. This aims to reduce the incidence of accidents and the severity of injuries. All riders must continue to give way to pedestrians and slow down when approaching crowded areas or blind spots. Riders should also exercise caution when overtaking other path users.

b)     Speed limit for motorised wheelchairs and mobility scooters:
We will impose a maximum device speed criterion of 10km/h on motorised wheelchairs and mobility scooters. This will prevent retailers and able-bodied users from abusing such devices to circumvent stricter regulations on PMDs, and will also safeguard the use of such devices for those with genuine mobility challenges. As the Panel had noted, most PMAs today already comply with the 10km/h device speed criterion, and thus this should not be too onerous on genuine PMA users.

c)     Helmets:
It will be mandatory for all active mobility device users to wear helmets when riding on roads. However, this will not apply to device users who are crossing the road as part of their journey on footpaths and cycling/shared paths. Although the use of helmets is not compulsory on paths, those cycling and riding PMDs on paths are also strongly advised to put on helmets.

d)     “Stop and Look”:
Active mobility device users must “stop and look” out for vehicles at road crossings, before resuming their journeys. This will provide active mobility device users and motorists with more reaction time, thereby reducing the risk of accidents. Likewise, motorists should also play their part by slowing down at crossings and looking out for cyclists, PMD users and pedestrians.

2.     The Ministry notes that given the diversity in device users and so as not to
significantly reduce the uptake of active mobility, the Panel does not recommend mandating third party liability insurance and instead suggests to place greater focus on upstream prevention of accidents. We will take on board the Panel’s recommendation to strongly encourage the take-up of third party liability insurance, in particular by food delivery companies for their employees. We will also raise awareness of and accessibility to existing avenues of seeking compensation, such as by working with the Singapore Mediation Centre on making mediation more readily accessible.

3.     As announced during the Committee of Supply debate in March 2018, we will
implement a registration regime for e-scooters from January 2019. We believe that this
will deter reckless riding, accord more responsibility to the users, and facilitate enforcement against errant users.

4.     In accepting these recommendations, the Ministry agrees with the Panel that the safety of all active mobility riders and public path users is paramount. We will continue to monitor the situation to assess if further refinements to the regulations are needed. Moreover, as recommended by the Panel, we will continue to strengthen our public education efforts on the safe sharing of paths and roads. We hope that all these measures will help to create a safe riding culture in Singapore.

5.     The Ministry would like to thank the Panel for the significant time and effort they have invested in this review over the last year, as well as everyone who has contributed to the review.