Banning of e-scooters

I welcome the decision to ban e-scooters from all footpaths from 5 November 2019.

Calls to the government to ban PMDs from our roads were loud, numerous and often enough but the government has until recently being slow to act at best and oblivious to the clear and present dangers that irresponsible riding and speeding PMDs pose to other road users at worse.

To any observers of everyday life in Singapore, it is reasonable to conclude that this decision to ban e-scooters from our footpaths is taken more as a result of public anger and pressure rather than from the angle of a competent leadership decision. Its decision is reactive rather than pro-active and this, to me, is another hallmark of incompetent political leadership.

To me, whether it is the slow decision at banning PMDs from our roads or many of our retirees’ facing retirement inadequacies and are forced to “exercise” in their old age or the high selling prices of public flats or the very sorry state of our total fertility rates or the failure of the government to honour it own promise to return to CPF members their CPF savings when they turn 55 years of age, or those many sleeping pap mps in Parliament or the depressed wages that many of our workers face or the incessant increase in the cost of living etc, they all point to one very clear sign and that is Weak Political Leadership! That is right. The weak political leadership that we currently have. Whether people like it or not or are willing to be honest with themselves or not, the best days of the pap government are over. Think.

 

Simon Lim

 

 

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22 Responses to “Banning of e-scooters”

  • Pedestrian Safety First:

    From one experience, i can say that e-scooters are dangerous on the pedestrian footpaths. Good riddance. Fast-racing cyclists are just as dangerous to pedestrian safety, especially the elderly and young children.

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  • Footpath geanny:

    Our footpath very dangerous with PMDs.
    Also many people put flower pots on footpaths.
    Some also block the footpaths with their big green bins and park their car blocking the whole footpaths.
    Grannies like me find it hard to squeeze through and got to walk back onto the road.
    Then eyes cant see and got shock when motor-cars suddenly go stun and nearly knock me.

    Who in charge of footpaths.
    Town Council or URA or LTA or who?

    How to report if cars block the footpaths.
    I scared to go out walk walk nowsaday because very stress.

    Can MPs also make laws to stop people to park their cars and block whole footpath.

    Maybe Khaw,Boon Wan can help?
    Minister,very jialat for old people.
    Cannot walk safely on footpaths.
    Turn my head left,right,centre still dont know safe or no leh.

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  • oxygen:

    YES THIS IS CAPITULATION OF FAILED GOVERNANCE and political election stun, Simon Lim is correct. Enough is enough, peasants have got it up to the eyeball

    POFOMA INVENTED ITS GHOST OF CENSORSHIP DIDN’T AND COULDN’T WORK in this instance just like the Condo FT bullying of security guards and the theatrically stage-managed SORROWFUL “apology” only to be followed by retrenchment on the very next day of the entire crew of security guards trapped in the controversy for alleged UN-QUANTIFIED DEFICIT of “performance”.

    Who among neutrals watching the circus show believes this orgy?

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  • yes, agree they must be banned:

    every morning when we walk to our coffee shop to strategize about how to assist the OPPO coalition in toppling lying pap, without fail we are almost hit by one of these speeding, SPEEDING, machines.

    very tempted each morning when we hear of one coming from behind us to turn around wait for it to pass us and give it a hefty kick to send it and its rider flying. Very tempted.

    we stopped only because it surely shall kill or wound deeply the rider, besides great damage to speeding machine. we stopped only because we realize as with ALL things wrong in once great Singapore, the rider is not wrong but the lying pap who approved the machine is wrong.

    like we stopped shouting at rude ceca ah nehs who invade our land, we stopped trying to kick at the speeding machines, because it is NOT their fault but lying pap Ljs and lying pap Cbs who approved them who are wrong.

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  • Sinkie:

    The best days for the PAP government are here.

    The best days of the PAP government for ordinary Sinkies are over.

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  • No e-scoot, pls drive:

    LTA gives good money ($80,000, oh god) to help companies build showers and “end-of-trip” amenities.

    Please, drive to work, take a good shower, have a nice massage and start your work day.

    Don’t forget the taxpayers who pay higher fares to support your free shower “activities”.

    Knn. Bloody waste of my tax money. Still dare to raise GST. VTO.

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  • So ..... .... ?:

    So their aim to achieve carless or less car basically flop.

    After wasting tax payers monies to make alot unfriendly slopes or bad planning slopes or anyhow flattening the void deck ( originally with a step ) to create strange slopes. Result = ban pmds.

    If one watch the chinese program about denmark which is cycling friendly nation. One will notice how wide their roads or foot path is to facilitate cycling. They even have wide overhead bridge build for cyclist.

    Our roads / foot path are not build for the purpose. Btw who s the smart alec who anyhow chuck in the idea.

    BTW , what about single wheel or double wheel hoverboard ? Are they resulted as well ?

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  • Rotton Banana:

    I support banning of PMD using footpaths but a lot of places do not have cycling paths. This means that PMD has limited paths to use. I pity those people who listen to our flickle-minded minister to buy a new UL 2272 PMD.After spending thousand $ their new PMD have to be scrapped. LTA should announced at the very early stage to ban PMD totally.

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  • Incompetent Greedy Corrupt:


    Government is incompetent, choose the easy way out by banning rather than embracing technology and progress.

    PMD, bicycles make good alternative or supplement transportations to vehicles.

    PAP government has been paying lip service to reducing reliance on cars and global warming.

    Their only solution is to tax and to profit from every aspect of the public transport system at the expense of ordinary citizens, without good alternative forms of travel.

    Bus and MRT services are lacking. The public transport is unreliable, relatively expensive. The transit spoke and hub route planning is an attempt to keep them afloat and profiteering at the expense of increased travel time and inconvenience to hardworking citizens.

    Roads and pavements should be widen to cater to such new means of personal transportation. After taking millions in salaries, You don’t ask us how to do your job. Obviously these greedy self entitled upstarts did not plan for these future transportation.

    Every inch of land is milked to enrich themselves, selling them to private development. The overcrowding is their sole doing by flooding this island with cheap workers.

    Where have all the billions gone to that LTA took from COE , ERP and at the custom border?

    Where have all the levies gone to exploiting the citizens and cheap workers?

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  • N.Jungne:

    It is a $$$ decision, it was not a (well thought) decision. It wasn’t even a mode of traveling 50 yrs ago or today.

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  • ban ban and fine:

    what can this gov do but to ban and fine. cars bicycle are dangerous too you hear acident every with cars motorcycle biclye, why not ban driving too. PMD is the cheapest mode of transport for the poor. I believe licenseing like driving is the only solution. All PMD rider must go for road sene and riding licence before they are allow on the road is the way to go

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  • HDB flats depreciate to ZERO:

    The problems caused by PMDs could have been foreseen but they were not. Why? The Minister (paid over a million a year) responsible should accept responsibility and resign or be sacked if there is REAL accountability in government.

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  • smart city is this:

    the pap must come out with this rule.

    if such a machine passes any citizen on paths which such machine is allowed to speed by the citizen has every human right to kick at speeding machine.

    if rider as such gets injured by the kick, pap shall reward the kicker with S$300 for public effort in doing a public good.

    if rider as such dies by the kick, whether due to fall or otherwise, pap shall reward the kicker with life time of S$300 pa reward PLUS national day medal for doing the best public good.

    we believe, for once, if pap folks can think and approves the above reward laws, immediately Singapore shall be a paradise for folks who walk on footpaths.

    but pap will it do the right thing? we hope so since we are waiting to collect the S$300 or the S$300 life time award. we can skip the national day medal since it is pap BS anyway.

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  • defending ourselves:

    smart city is this:
    the pap must come out with this rule.

    if such a machine passes any citizen on paths which such machine is allowed to speed by the citizen has every human right to kick at speeding machine.

    if rider as such gets injured by the kick, pap shall reward the kicker with S$300 for public effort in doing a public good.

    if rider as such dies by the kick, whether due to fall or otherwise, pap shall reward the kicker with life time of S$300 pa reward PLUS national day medal for doing the best public good.

    we believe, for once, if pap folks can think and approves the above reward laws, immediately Singapore shall be a paradise for folks who walk on footpaths.

    but pap will it do the right thing? we hope so since we are waiting to collect the S$300 or the S$300 life time award. we can skip the national day medal since it is pap BS anyway.

    my sister did that to one cyclist once.
    he was riding behind my sister on the footpath n ringing the bell..she didnt move aside to let him pass..the cyclist then rode closer and nicked her on the calf of her leg with the bicycle wheel..that was how close he was riding his bike.
    my sister got so fuming angry she stopped walking n kicked his bicycle.. the china man wanted to hit her..she stood her ground. but luckily no violence escalated.. if it did im sure we sgs will be arrested. the foreign parasites always get off with a light sentence.
    so sick if this useless gov.

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  • Jman:

    Total rejoice at the rotten PMD community being driven off the roads and footpaths.

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  • hopeless gov:

    @ban ban and fine

    ban, fine and fix its own citizens.. foreign pets are usually let off or with a light sentence.

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  • Failure:

    Very,very poor planning. Infrastructure not fully ready, assume that all PMD riders are obedient.

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  • never voted pap, never will:

    hopeless gov:
    @ban ban and fine

    ban, fine and fix its own citizens.. foreign pets are usually let off or with a light sentence.

    we seldom watch pap tv. last night we watched tv8, showing how pap stroke heng was trying to BS esteemed WP folks in parleement.

    our immediate reaction is this. why continue to FIX WP when everyone knows pap is the one who caused the nonsense. S$2 AIM company, pulling away the pap agent when WP won Aljunied, and all such childish antics.

    truly 70% sheep is utterly stupid not to see through pap. what a sad day for all Singaporeans who know the truth.

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  • Michael:

    Why we need pap ? To rob rape and pillage the people. I no longer see Justice in this world. The victim are no longer compensated .pap just want to make money only.

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  • oxygen:

    PAPpypolitics and PAPpynomics is FULL OF SH*T on this transport issue. CAR-LITE really means fewer cars on the road, but with ever exploding population, vehicles ownership HAS TO INCREASE over time. It is non sequitur i.e. it does not follow of reality and logic.

    So how to achieve this car-lite farking bullsh*t, PAPpypolitics kicked the a*ses of e-scooters and PMD onto to the pedestrain pathways – reserving the road space FOR BIGGER AND BIGGER CAR POPULATION which the aristocrats needs more of navigation space in denser and denser traffic flow.

    IN OTHER WORDS, CAR LITE IS SELF-INTEREST PRESERVATION of the rich – leaving the peasants to take the blunt of walking on dangerous walkways (i.e. you die your farking business)

    With election coming and an angry peasant volcano waiting to explode in the ballot boxes, PAPpypolitics did a quick about-turn – KICK THE A*SES OF RIDERS OF E-SCOOTERS AND PMD into the roadside proverbial long kang (drainage) including those whose survival depends on such transport means of food delivery employment.

    E-scooter and PMD can’t even find refuge on the road, making road transportation no longer “CAR-LITE” OF CONVENIENCE AND PAPpypolitics bullsh*t no longer looking ridiculous of lies peddling.

    IF THEY REALLY WANT TO MAKE LEE-jiapore car-lite, raise the COE TO DOUBLE OR TRIPLE what you successfully bid for. Sure the car population will dwindle by 50% or more and LEE-jiapore will then be truly car-lite and the roads shared between car, e-scooter- pmd and bicycles.

    Banning e-scooter is just POLITICAL PAWNING of one group of peasants in favor of bigger population of peasant voters.

    DISGUSTING HYPOCRISIES.

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  • Hdhdhshs:

    1.They should not enforce the no riding on the footpaths law if they yet to fully build up all the cycling paths in SG. Even if this is being enforce, they should exempting food delivery riders from this law or temporary allowing them to ride on the roads for the time being.

    2.If worse come to worse to the state where they going to fully ban PMD for good in SG, maybe they can just allowing food delivery riders to ride the PMD only.

    3.They should not just let bad things happen, then enforce and banning things for good later on. Before introducing anything into SG, they must gather feedback and meetings before implementing. By pushing people too far on making their lives hard that unable to make a living, due to such issue and FT. One day Singaporeans might really go riots like HK are doing.

    4.They should come out license of 16yo and above. Able to ride on the road but require helmet and light reflecting vest and come out food delivery rider license/stickers, just like private hire license for cars. Maybe they can just make and allowing a company to provide rental e-bikes and e-scooters just like the rental bicycles. Therefore, people cannot anyhow modify and buy but yet able to regulate everything. Even if the e-scooters were to explode due to charging, it will be exploded at the charging stations at bus stops or where. Where it will not burn down houses like currently.

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  • MarBowling:

    The GIST of this PMD Problem is SPEED! Yes SPEED! Period.

    Just like the other various forms of transportation such motorcycle, car, van, lorry, bus, cement mixer, etc! 24/7/365 esp during the morning and evening peak hours, thousands of these huge, big and small MOVING METALS are traveling on our minor, major roads and expressways performing the NEEDFUL: transporting Humans and Goods and Services from one POINT to ANOTHER! Similarly, in recent years PMDs have become another form of transportation. Besides helping to offload a certain amount of human traffic who otherwise would be putting a strain on our MRT system during the rush hours, PMDs also help the wheels of our economy to move on smoothly: business folks paying high rentals in malls, factories HAVE BEEN ABLE TO SUSTAIN because their goods and services are been patronizing when ENTHUSIASTIC PMD riders zoom all over to deliver foods and other stuffs which are ordered by folks staying at home, office, etc!

    Like car, huge lorries, etc, the EXCESSIVE SPEED OF SOME PMDs CAUSES ACCIDENT, sometimes FATAL!

    24/7/365, the WHEELS of our economy are MOVING because folks are operating all those forms of transportation either for work(or leisure)so that they are able to earn enough to put foods on the table for family members. Period.

    Hopefully, folks of EVERY form of TRANSPORTATION should bear this in MIND when sitting or standing BEHIND the WHEELS: BE GRACIOUS AND SLOW DOWN ACCORDINGLY whether on the road, expressway, shared footpath, Park Connector, corridor, void deck, etc! ANYWHERE! ALWAYS REMEMBER: SPEED KILLS! period.

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