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New insurance rule for workers who use mobility devices from Dec

New insurance rule for workers who use mobility devices from Dec

Source: Straits Times
Article Date: 10 Oct 2020
Author: Hariz Baharudin

The revised laws are also meant to give employers of such riders greater responsibility towards their workers.

From December, businesses that employ riders who use active mobility devices on public paths must ensure that they are covered by third-party liability insurance against injury and death during the course of their work.

Active mobility devices refer to bicycles, personal mobility devices, power-assisted bicycles, motorised wheelchairs and mobility scooters.

The rule also applies to licensed device-sharing operators providing motorised devices for hire, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) said yesterday.

"They need to ensure that their riders, employees and outworkers who use such devices are adequately covered by third-party liability insurance against injury and death during the course of work, under an approved policy," it said in an industry circular.

The riders must be insured for a sum of at least $200,000 per claim and an excess amount that does not exceed $500 per claim.

The insurance schemes for electric scooter and power-assisted bicycle riders also cannot contain exclusions preventing them from carrying loads or using a device not registered in their name, said LTA.

An employer who fails to abide by the requirements can be fined not more than $10,000 or jailed for up to 12 months, or both.

Where the offender is not an individual, the penalty will be a fine not exceeding $20,000.

These changes were announced in February as part of amend-ments to the Active Mobility Act in order to provide victims in any accident greater recourse to compensation.

The revised laws are also meant to give employers of such riders greater responsibility towards their workers and members of the public.

In a Facebook post yesterday, Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Transport Baey Yam Keng said that both the LTA and the Active Mobility Advisory Panel have been engaging the insurance industry to work out suitable coverage for accident victims and riders if an incident occurs.

"It is important for business operators who work with individuals who ride active mobility devices on public paths as part of their jobs to ensure that their workers are covered by third-party liability insurance. This will be implemented from Dec 1," he said.

A spokesman for Deliveroo told The Straits Times that it has been working closely with its insurance provider and LTA to make sure its riders are covered adequately.

Foodpanda Singapore's head of logistics Lim Zheng Gang also said that the insurance plans the company has in place to cover its riders comply with LTA's requirements.

The food delivery company started providing third-party lia-bility insurance for active mobility riders in September last year, and the latest renewal for this was last month.

Source: Straits Times © Singapore Press Holdings Ltd. Permission required for reproduction.

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