Singaporeans have long been branded as politically apathetic. But if there’s one form of political action that has garnered considerable interest, it’s petition signing.
A petition calling for the banning of personal mobility devices (PMDs) has now garnered over 50,000 signatures.
The latest case — involving an elderly e-scooter crash victim who died from her injuries — has Singaporeans riled up once again, renewing the public outrage against PMD use.
The LTA revealed that the PMD involved in the crash was non-compliant, having exceeded both weight and speed limits set by the Land Transport Authority (LTA).
Since the accident made headlines earlier this week, the online petition calling for the prohibition of all PMDs in Singapore has received a significant boost in signatures.
Zachary Tan, the author of the petition has revealed that he has sent emails to Prime Minister, Lee Hsien Loong, Minister for Law, Mr K Shanmugam as well as Minister of Transport, in an attempt to lobby the government to take swift action.
Currently, pavements and walkways are no different from roads. The concept of a safe space has thus been taken away from pedestrians who should not have an obligation to constantly check for traffic on a non-vehicle path. This imposes a psychological burden on the emotional well-being of pedestrians.