A ‘disabled’ man riding a mobility scooter gets up and walks through the S’pore Pools exit of the Tampines shopping center

Miracles happen.

A man drove a personal mobility aid (PMA) into a Singapore Pools outlet in the FairPrice supermarket in Tampines Mall on the morning of October 27.

PMAs are wheelchairs, motorized wheelchairs or mobility scooters (different from electric scooters) designed for people who are unable to walk or have difficulty walking.

Trampler Jeffrey thought that since the man was using a mobility scooter, he must be disabled.

So the Stomper was surprised when the man got up from his PMA and walked “steadily” to line up to place a bet at the counter.

“If he was disabled, how could he walk so well? wondered the Stomper, who shared photos of the incident.

“How does a person qualify to be classified as disabled to drive a PMA?

“What evidence does he have to show that he is classified as disabled? Does the government issue evidence to these people? »

The Stomper is worried as these devices are becoming commonplace.

He said: “Lately we’ve seen a lot of ART users in Tampines along the walking trails. Do they need a license?

“We have yet to see the Land Transport Authority (LTA) perform spot checks on these guys.

“Some of these PMAs can also pose fire hazards. But they can certainly be dangerous for children and the elderly in crowded areas of the mall.

“Perhaps the authorities could investigate and put in place controls and checks.”

Although LTA has regulations on where you can drive a PMA, regulations on who can mount a PMA are another matter.

The Straits Times reported in March that the Active Mobility Advisory Group (AMAP) was examining whether more restrictive rules were needed to determine who should be allowed to use PMAs.

In an interview with One FM 91.3 radio station, Principal Parliamentary Secretary for Transport and Chairman of AMAP Baey Yam Keng said: “I have received many complaints from residents that they (PMAs) are becoming like pseudo-motorcycles without a COE.”

Mr Baey, who is also MP for Tampines GRC, added that the new rules could come in the form of restrictions on devices or riders.

“(For LDCs), does a person have to get a medical certificate to say they are disabled or have a mobility problem? There could be a possibility that people will abuse it,” he said.

PMAs were not included in the 2020 ban on personal mobility devices on trails, as they are intended for use by people with medical conditions.

Luz W. German