Call for licence plates on bicycles

BLAST FROM THE PAST: An old bicycle number plate.


    Sep 19, 2014

    Call for licence plates on bicycles

    AFTER reading "Man versus bicycle on walkways" (My Paper, Sept 18), I suggest that cyclists in Singapore be registered and have licence plates installed on their bicycles.

    I encourage the authorities to do so because I believe that errant cyclists are more dangerous than errant motorists.

    Cyclists and their bicycles are not registered and there are no licence plate numbers that members of the public can note and take down (as compared with motorists) if and when the cyclists' actions and behaviour are considered dangerous and menacing.

    A few years ago, when I was in Ang Mo Kio, I saw a cyclist drinking alcohol and riding very quickly at the same time.

    I wanted to report the cyclist's irresponsible and dangerous behaviour to the police but realised that it was not possible, because there was no way for the police or me to identify the cyclist due to the absence of a licence plate number.

    I understand that it will be an extremely difficult task for organisations and the authorities to start registering and installing number plates because of the large number of local and foreign cyclists here.

    But it is better late than never.

    I am sure some - if not many - people in Singapore are angry with dangerous and irresponsible cyclists who have caused accidents and injuries but are powerless because it is hard to identify and thus, report them.

    It is time to make Singapore roads and walkways safe from such menaces.