The ban effectively shuts down public scooter-sharing – which had sprung up to offer Singaporeans a “first- and last-mile” commuting solution – in the country.
It also causes a massive headache for food-delivery businesses, as a significant number of their drivers rely on hiring e-scooters in order to perform their duties.
Driver incomes may be hit too, as deliveries may no longer be as efficient as before.
Meanwhile, bike-sharing – a business model that seemed to have gone kaput a little over a year ago – looks the most likely candidate to fill the “last mile” vacuum.
Imported PMDs with electrical faults have led to several house fires in Singapore, while reckless use of the vehicles has caused injury to their drivers as well as pedestrians.
While the LTA was in the midst of several initiatives aimed at encouraging safer PMD use – such as a grace period until December 2020 for individual owners to register their vehicles, mandatory vehicle inspections from April next year, and a S$100 incentive for users to dispose of non-compliant PMDs – it appears that the cyclist’s death was the final straw, pushing the authorities to take a much stricter line with today’s ban.