Allow personal mobility devices on footpaths but with speed limits: Active Mobility Advisory Panel

Posted on March 18, 2016 by Edmund Vong

The Active Mobility Advisory Panel, set up by the Land Transport Authority, has released new recommendations about the use of personal mobility devices (PMD) on footpaths.

The Panel recommended that PMDs, which include electric scooters, unicycles and hoverboards be allowed on footpaths, provided they do not exceed the speed of 15 km/h. Speed are limited to 25 km/h on cycling or shared paths.

The Panel also made distinctions between usage on footpaths, cycling or shared paths, and roads for motor vehicles.

Active Mobility Advisory Panel: Recommendations of where PMDs can be used

[Image: LTA]

For the safety of pedestrians, they also recommended physical limitations on PMDS:

  • maximum device speed of 25 km/h
  • maximum device width of 700mm
  • maximum device unladen weight of 20kg

It is important to note these are only recommendations, and are not representative of the prevailing laws on the use of PMDs at this time.

The Transport Ministry will consider these recommendations and issue a response in due course.

See the original Land Transport Authority press release.

To summarise the recommendations, see this infographic:

[Source: LTA]