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Lawyer Raphael Louis of Ray Louis Law Corporation, who has experience in motor insurance and accident claims, said the driver could choose to sue the motorised bicycle rider for damage to his vehicle.

But to recover the legal cost, the driver must consider some factors.

He said: "Firstly, the driver must wait for the police to complete their investigation, and the rider could either be issued a warning or charged in court. The driver also has to consider if the rider has the means to pay for the damage."

Alternatively, the driver can also claim against his own insurance if it covers his own damage claims.

He said: "Subrogation - where the insurance company can sue the rider on the claimant's behalf - may take place, depending on the clauses of the driver's insurance policy."

Mr Ronald Tay, a dealer of kick scooters and electric bicycles at, feels strongly about mandatory insurance and thinks that enforcement should be stepped up to deter errant users of motorised vehicles.

He said: "They are much heavier and can travel at much higher speeds than bicycles. If they crash into a vehicle, they could cause serious damage and if they crash into someone, it could be fatal."

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Modified E-bikes can hit 70kmh

The first question potential buyers of electric scooters usually ask is how fast it can go, said Mr Ronald Tay, a dealer of kick scooters and electric bicycles at

He believes that modification of electric scooters is rampant.

"The most common modification is to add a throttle and changing the motors to a higher wattage to increase its power. Such vehicles can go up to 50 to 70 kmh."

Judging from its speed and how the e-bike in the accident was moving despite the cyclist not pedalling, it was likely that it had been illegally modified, said Mr Denis Koh, chairman of Big Wheel Scooters Singapore, a community of electric scooter enthusiasts.

"Under the regulations, the motor power must be cut off when the user stops pedalling and the speed cannot exceed 25kmh," he added.

Mr Francis Chu, founder of cycling group LoveCyclingSg, said: "In the video, the e-bike rider seems to want to catch the tail-end of the green light and dash across, while the car driver was speeding up at the right-turn, assuming no one was crossing.

"In this case, clearly the e-bike rider was wrong, but the driver should have proceeded more carefully when he was making the turn as he has time.''

Mr Koh said that such errant cyclists are casting the personal mobility device (PMD) and cycling community in a bad light.

"Speeding e-bikes are a danger to other road users as they are less visible and it's difficult to anticipate their speed and direction. Their recklessness not only endangers themselves but also poses a threat to motorists," he said.

Mr Chu does not think that e-bikes should be banned just because of a few black sheep.

"Many well-behaved people need the help of e-bikes to help their daily commute, such as the elderly and people with weak legs.''

But Mr Tay thinks that there should be harsher penalties for errant cyclists and increased checks for illegally-modified e-bikes.

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