LTA impounded e-scooter of user who rode along Mandai Road

CHARLES LEE | 19th Oct 2016 | NEWS

More people are using e-scooters.  Likewise, cases involving users that rode e-scooters at high speeds on the roads are going up too.  And it appears that this trend has begun sparking some worry over the internet.

In the latest incident on Friday (14 October), an e-scooter rider who was trailing closely to the rear of a bus before manoeuvring to the second lane was captured in a one-and-a-half minute video footage.  According to the time and date stamp shown on the video, the incident occurred on that day at around 1.00 pm.

Three days later, on Monday (17 October), two new video footages of reckless e-scooter riders were uploaded on the Facebook page.  The first video shows a man riding his e-scooter in the middle lane of a busy road, which was believed to be along Serangoon Road.  In the video, which lasted less than 30 seconds, the e-scooter rider wobbled a little after being honked at before he filtered to the right-most lane.  The second video featured six e-scooters fitted with bright headlights zooming pass a stretch of road.  The time and location of where the video was shot are unclear.  But aparently, the e-scooter riders were travelling between 80 to 90 kilometres per hours in that 8-second video.

These clips came after the video, that featured an e-scooter rider overtaking a bus, was uploaded on citizen journalism site Stomp on 22 September.  In that minute-long footage, the rider, who donned a full-faced motocross helmet, was riding on the left-most lane along Mandai Road before he overtook the bus in front of him and cutting back into the bus’s lane.  The e-scooter rider was said to be travelling at a speed of at least 60 kilometres per hour.

Many have expressed concern over the way the e-scooters were used, and urged the authorities, such as the Land Transport Authority (LTA), to act on the situation.  Facebook user Rudy RR said that “crashing one of those things (the e-scooters) at those speeds, and without sufficient protective gear” might lead to severe injury or even death.

Another Facebook user Gabriel Sim added: “Hope LTA can do something about it.”