In a number of Facebook posts, Ho Ching responded to recent news of errant cyclists on the roads by suggesting that bicycles and PMDs should be registered and insured, whilst riders should obtain a license. She also added that different classes of bicycles and PMDs should be established as we transit to “various transport modes,” such as off road and on road riding, pathway and highway, battery powered and non-battery powered.
According to her posts, bicycles used to be licensed in Singapore and cost $5. But will licensing stop errant riders, since most of the cars that get into fatal accidents are also driven by licensed drivers? Are they going to have to pay road tax too? How will this impact the elderly cyclists or those who rely on their bicycles to make a living?