Campaigners for blind and visually impaired people demand end to e-scooter trials

Campaigners are calling for an end to e-scooter trials over safety fears, saying the vehicles have made towns and cities "no go zones" for many blind and visually impaired people.

It’s claimed that anxiety in some areas is higher due to e-scooters and a number of people have been injured by people using the vehicles, which can travel at up to 15mph.

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96% of e-bike, e-scooter riders who have taken compulsory theory test achieve passing grade

Almost 2,000 riders in Singapore have signed up so far for compulsory theory tests for e-bikes and e-scooters. 96% of those who have taken it achieved a passing grade, but others are still waiting to register due to issues like technical glitches. The test, which takes up to 40 minutes, covers topics like equipment information and safety checks. It’s being rolled out to boost safety, following a spate of accidents linked to personal mobility devices in 2019. From 2022, riders of some 38,000 power-assisted bicycles and e-scooters will need the digital certificate to ride in public.

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Theory test for e-bike, e-scooter riders to cost S$5 during first three months

New laws under the Road Traffic Act were passed in Parliament on May 11. They include safeguards for frisk searches on public transport, such as a rule that only a female officer can search another female. Some MPs had some concerns — Ms Sylvia Lim asked if auxiliary police, security officers and outsourced enforcement officers are suitable for the task, while Ms Joan Pereira raised the possibility of imposters. Meanwhile, a compulsory theory test for electric bike riders will be kept affordable. For the first three months, the test will be chargeable at $5 for two attempts.

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