SINGAPORE (ANN): The Land Transport Authority (LTA) has said it is looking into an incident in which one of its officers was caught on camera kicking an e-scooter rider at a traffic junction, sending the rider flying onto the pavement.
In a video clip posted on SG Road Vigilante, a Facebook community page, a number of enforcement officers engaged by the LTA to clamp down on errant riders of personal mobility devices (PMDs) are seen at the traffic junction in Bedok Reservoir Road at close to 7pm on Tuesday (Dec 10).
One officer is spotted running across the dual-carriageway as an e-scooter rider approaches the junction at a significant speed.
As the rider nears the junction without slowing down, the officer is seen side-kicking him. The rider loses control and his scooter hits the kerb, sending him tumbling onto the pavement behind some shrubs.
He is seen getting up momentarily before falling down again. The rider's condition is not known.
PMDs are not allowed on the roads and public footpaths.
The clip, which was captured by a vehicle dash-cam, has been shared widely on the Internet and has garnered hundreds of comments.
Reactions have been mixed, with some netizens expressing shock at the officer's action and others saying the rider was in the wrong and could have been hurt more seriously had he sped past the junction and beat a red light.
Facebook user Johari Johan wrote: "Even though PMD rider is in the wrong, the action by the officer is too drastic. Imagine Traffic Police doing that to a motorcycle rider beating a red light."
The Straits Times understands the police are investigating the incident.
In April, a video clip showing two LTA officers pinning down an e-scooter rider on the pavement was shared on Roads.Sg, another Facebook community page. - The Straits Times/Asia News Network