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Written Reply by Minister for Transport Khaw Boon Wan to Parliamentary Question on Serious Accidents involving Personal Mobility Devices

01 Apr 2019 In Parliament

Mr Desmond Choo asked the Minister for Transport

a.     over the last two years, how many serious accidents have there been involving personal mobility devices; and

b.     whether there are cases where the victims have been unable to claim for their treatment and left in debt.

Reply by Minister for Transport Khaw Boon Wan:

1.     In 2017 and 2018, there were 228 reported accidents involving personal mobility devices (PMDs) on public paths. Of these accidents, there were 196 cases with reported injuries, out of which one was a fatal accident involving a PMD rider who self-skidded and subsequently succumbed to his injuries. 32 other reported cases involved major injuries such as concussions or fractures.

2.     We do not have information on the cases where victims are unable to claim their treatment costs from the responsible party and are left in debt.

3.     To prevent accidents, deter reckless behaviour and improve active mobility safety, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) has implemented a registration regime for motorised PMDs and lowered the speed limits on footpaths.

4.     LTA complements these regulations with strict enforcement to ensure compliance. Individuals caught riding recklessly can be liable upon conviction to a fine up to $5,000 and/or jail up to six months. Those involved in accidents can also be charged for causing hurt or grievous hurt through a rash or negligent act and be liable for fines up to $10,000 and jail terms of up to four years. Several PMD riders have been charged in court with custodial sentences meted out.

5.     LTA also conducts extensive publicity and educational efforts to improve awareness and understanding of the regulations and to develop a safe riding culture.  

6.     Victims injured in active mobility accidents may obtain compensation from the responsible party through private settlement, undertaking mediation with the Singapore Mediation Centre or Law Society of Singapore, or filing a civil suit in the State Courts. If the responsible party is convicted for causing hurt by a rash or negligent act under the Penal Code, the Court may order compensation to be paid to the victim.  

7.     The Active Mobility Advisory Panel and LTA strongly encourage all active mobility device users to purchase third-party liability insurance to protect themselves against third-party claims in the event of an accident. This will also facilitate claims for treatment costs by victims. LTA has announced that motorised PMD-sharing licensees would be required to procure and maintain third-party liability insurance. LTA is also working with companies such as food delivery companies on the purchase of third-party insurance for their delivery riders.