Compulsory theory test for e-scooters to be introduced in Singapore

Posted: 5 December 2019 |

Singapore’s Ministry of Transport has accepted recommendations from the Active Mobility Advisory Panel (AMAP) that aim to improve the safety of e-scooter riders, as well as members of the public.

Compulsory theory test for e-scooters to be introduced in Singapore

The Ministry of Transport (MOT) in Singapore has announced that e-scooter and, eventually, e-bike users will soon be required to take a theory test before being allowed to ride in public. The announcement follows the acceptance of recommendations made by the Active Mobility Advisory Panel (AMAP), which were submitted in September 2019.

Other recommendations by the panel include compulsory third-party liability insurance for workplace e-scooter riders, a minimum age requirement of 16 years old, and a ban on the use of mobile phones whilst riding, unless mounted in ‘hands-free’ mode.

Guidelines will also reportedly be introduced that encourage pedestrians to keep left, keep to footpaths and for the public to be alert to their surroundings.

The ministry has said that the recommendations will complement existing efforts to improve path and road safety for the public and riders alike, and that it will work alongside the panel to implement the recommendations safely and efficiently.

Singapore banned the use of e-scooters from footpaths on 5 November 2019, and they can be only used on designated cycling paths. Offenders reportedly face fines of up to $2,000 and potential prison time once the law is strictly enforced in 2020. The Land Transport Authority has said that it will expand the existing 440km network to 750km by 2025 to accommodate the increasing demand for micromobility.