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Written Reply by Minister for Transport Khaw Boon Wan to Parliamentary Question on Design PMD Rules to Keep Elderly, Younger and Disabled Pedestrians

10 Jul 2018 In Parliament

Mr Christopher de Souza asked the Minister for Transport how are the PMD rules designed to keep pedestrians, especially children, elderly and those with disabilities, safe on walkways and parks and how effective have they been in reducing the number of accidents so far.

Reply by Minister for Transport Khaw Boon Wan:

1.     The current rules regulating the safety of our public paths were developed by the Active Mobility Advisory Panel after a large scale public consultation exercise in 2015. These include speed limits on footpaths and shared paths, regulations against reckless riding, and restrictions on the speed, weight and dimensions of devices used on public paths. A code of conduct has also been introduced to guide cyclists and PMD users on how to share paths safely with each other. These regulations are coupled with strict enforcement and extensive education efforts.

2.     LTA and the Panel will continually review if these regulations are relevant and sufficient. The Panel is currently reviewing the speed limits on footpaths, the behaviour of active mobility users at road crossings, the usage of helmets by active mobility users, and the insurance and compensation framework for active mobility. The Panel will release its recommendations by the end of the year. 

3.     Ultimately, it is also the individual responsibility of the cyclist or PMD user to have basic respect and consideration for their fellow path users. This will go a long way in ensuring that Singaporeans can continue to use and share our paths safely.