62 bicycles from bike-sharing firms impounded for blocking foot paths: LTA

62 bicycles from bike-sharing firms impounded for blocking foot paths: LTA

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Bicycles impounded by LTA for indiscriminate parking. (Photo: LTA/Facebook)

SINGAPORE: A total of 62 bicycles from three bike-sharing companies were impounded for obstructing foot paths in a week-long operation, said the Land Transport Authority (LTA) on Tuesday (Jan 23).

The enforcement operation took place between Jan 15 and Jan 21, in areas such as Yuan Ching Road, Alexandra, Woodlands Centre Road and Dunearn Road.

Bicycles from oBike, Mobike and ofo were found to be indiscriminately parked, said LTA. It added that out of the 292 removal notices issued, 62 bicycles ended up being impounded because they were not removed within half a day of the notice.

Twenty-four of the impounded bicycles were from oBike, 22 from ofo and 16 from Mobike, said LTA. As this is not their first offence, the bike-sharing operators face a fine of S$500 for each bicycle that was indiscriminately parked.

This means oBike will be slapped with a S$12,000 fine, the largest amount among the three operators. Ofo and Mobike will be fined S$11,000 and S$8,000 respectively.

In a Facebook post, LTA said it takes a serious view on the matter.

“We have been working together with BSOs (bicycle-sharing operators) and reminding them to remove these bicycles. BSOs should manage their bicycles and ensure that their users park their bicycles responsibly in designated parking spaces,” said LTA. 

Source: CNA/gs