New rules soon to tackle indiscriminate parking by bike sharing users
An LTA officer impounds indiscriminately parked dockless bicycles. (Photo: LTA)
SINGAPORE: The indiscriminate parking of shared bikes along corridors, at bus-stops or even in lifts may soon be a thing of the past.The three major bike-share firms in Singapore - Ofo, oBike and MoBike - revealed on Mediacorp’s current affairs programme Talking Point that they have a proposed agreement with the Land Transport Authority (LTA) and the People's Action Party’s (PAP) 15 Town Councils to tackle this issue of indiscriminate parking.This includes the development of a single app platform for the general public to report illegally parked bikes; a common response time among the three operators to pick up these illegally parked bikes; and the adoption of geofencing technology by the end of the year.With geofencing, users have to park their shared bikes within a designated area or they could be slapped with a fine.Mobike’s country manager (Singapore) Ms Sharon Meng said: “It’s really about how we manage our operations and how we use technology to solve the problems we are seeing at the moment.“Geofencing is a part of it, and we are developing this technology in Singapore very rapidly. We’re already testing it and we’re going to get the license done very soon.”
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