QR code geo-fencing, new licensing regime to tackle indiscriminate parking of shared bicycles
An oBike ditched along a pedestrian path.
SINGAPORE: The indiscriminate parking of shared bicycles could soon be a thing of the past, after a new licensing regime for bike-sharing operators comes into effect.The changes were part of the Parking Places (Amendment) Bill tabled in Parliament on Monday (Mar 5).Under the new regulatory framework by the Land Transport Authority (LTA), companies like ofo, oBike and Mobike will have their fleet size reviewed every six months based on how well they address the issue of bike parking by their users.These operators will also have to temporarily ban recalcitrant users who park indiscriminately.LTA will also impose a QR code-based geo-fencing solution, where users will have to scan a QR code at designated parking spaces as proof of proper parking before they can end their trip. It is due to be implemented in the second half of 2018. Operators may also be required to continuously charge user who do not park properly.
Bike-sharing operators that do not comply with LTA's standards will face penalties of up to S$100,000, reductions in fleet size, suspension or even the cancellation of their licences if they fail to comply.
These penalties will be higher than the current S$500 fine that LTA imposes on operators for each indiscriminately parked bicycle that is not removed within the stipulated grace period, LTA said.
LTA aims to start accepting applications for bicycle-sharing licences by mid-2018, and award the licences in the fourth quarter of 2018. Unlicensed operators will be liable to a fine of up to S$10,000 or jail term of up to six months, or both.
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