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E-scooter footpath ban hits Singapore's mobility startups

Asia's nanny state adds to its reputation as a nation of sticklers

After Singapore banned the use of e-scooters on its public roads and footpaths on Tuesday, offenders face fines, and even jail time, if they break the law. (AFP/Jiji) 

SINGAPORE -- Long proud of its infatuation with rules -- no chewing gum, no long hair, no spitting, no feeding the monkeys -- Singapore stunned mobility operators this week by banishing electric scooters from its footpaths.

The restrictions came into effect on Tuesday after lawmakers decided to limit the use of the personal mobility devices following a spate of collisions involving e-scooter drivers and pedestrians causing numerous injuries, as well as the death of an elderly woman.

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