Indonesia seeks to restrict e-scooter operations, to implement bylaws next year

Indonesia seeks to finalise regulations on the use of personal mobility devices, including e-scooters, by the end of November, a government official said Monday.

Jakarta Transportation Agency official Priyanto, who goes by one name, told reporters that the agency aims to implement the regulations, including bylaws to regulate e-scooters, next year.

The proposed bylaws seek to ban e-scooter and roller-skate rides on pavements and pedestrian bridges, and require users to stick to designated lanes. A violation could entail jail time for up to two months and a fine of up to 500,000 rupiah ($49).

The move has been prompted by the death last week of two 18-year old e-scooter users in Senayan, South Jakarta, after being hit by a car.

The teenagers were using GrabWheels, the e-scooter service by ride-hailing company Grab. Its e-scooters can be rented in Jakarta for as low as 5,000 rupiah ($0.36) for the first 30 minutes.

Grab on Monday said that it is rolling out additional measures to ensure rider safety in Indonesia. New requirements include riders to be 18 years or above, only one person allowed to ride on a scooter and setting the speed limit at 15km per hour. The company will also deploy security personnel at designated e-scooter areas.

“If a rider violates the law, they will be fined 300,000 rupiah ($21.38) and Grab will suspend their account. We will implement it soon,” Grab Indonesia public affairs head Tri Sukma Anreianno said.

Singapore recently banned the use of e-scooters on its sidewalks. Offenders will face fines of up to S$2,000 and jail time of up to three months once the ban is enforced in 2020.

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