Jakarta mulls e-scooter ban from sidewalks after fatal accident

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JAKARTA — The Jakarta government is planning to ban the use of electric scooters on sidewalks, following the deaths of two riders who were hit by a car in the early hours of Monday (Nov 11).

Officials are currently drafting new regulations which will force riders of e-scooters to wear helmets and to ride only on bike lanes.

The rental hours of the e-scooters might also be restricted to between 5am and 11pm, and only those who have reached 18 years old can use the service.

Jakarta Transportation Agency head Mr Syafrin Liputo told CNA on Friday that the e-scooters will not be allowed during Jakarta’s Car Free Day events.

“We’re still drafting the regulations, which are needed to ensure people’s safety,” he said.

Any violations of the regulations, planned to be implemented in December, could result in a fine of 500,000 rupiah (US$35.50) or two-month jail, he added.


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