The age of the PEV is upon us, and the e-scooter is king.
Singapore has one of the highest uptake rates of PEVs in the world; people from all walks of life have embraced this mobility revolution. From delivery men to senior citizens, the buzz of a brushless motor zipping past seems increasingly ubiquitous. Heck, you can even buy an e-scooter at the supermarket these days.
Yet for every elderly husband sweet enough to wheel his wife around with the aid of a PEV, there’ll be at least ten e-scooter riders dumb enough to lane-split in rush hour traffic. With the number of e-scooter related accidents predictably on the rise as more users emerge, we thought it the perfect time to share some of our top tips on how to e-scoot safely on the right side of the law.
The days of the PEV wild west has come to an end. LTA officers have been pulling PEVs over, despite looking a bit silly doing so, and issuing summons to errant riders.
Although there don’t seem to be any official laws set in stone, the LTA has a set of enforceable rules and guidelines with which to do their policing. You can check out Falcon PEV's helpful new video for the full list, but the most important “law” you should observe? Do not use your PEV on the road.
Stay on connectors, pavements and footpaths, and dismount if you’re crossing roads. Being on the road on your PEV is like issuing an invite for people to get you nationally disgraced, if not police attention in the first place.
Please don’t pimp your ride
It is probably not a good idea to pimp your person-sized moving platform to travel at speeds in which a crash would most likely mean severe injury. If you can break bones from a bad fall while practically standing still, what makes you think that you’ll be any safer on zipping around at 40kph, largely unprotected, on your little mobility device of death?
Plus, it is in violation of LTA guidelines, so if you get caught with an e-scooter not limited to 25kph, you can kiss it goodbye.