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    • According to LTA, Active Mobility enforcement officers (AMEOs) joined hands with the Traffic Police to conduct an islandwide operation against non-compliant PABs or PMDs. Advertisements They patrolled close to 15 towns and caught more than 35 errant riders. Some of them were riding non-compliant or unregistered devices while others were using PABs or PMDs on footpaths where motorised devices are not allowed. These riders were caught with non-compliant PABs that also displayed a false number plate. These riders were spotted riding non-compliant PMDs on footpaths and roads, Motorised PMDs can only be used on cycling paths.     LTA seized all non-compliant bicycles, PABs and PMDs that were caught being used on public paths and roads.   PAB and e-scooter users must ensure that their devices are registered and conform to prevailing device requirements, including necessary certifications to address fire risks and improve safety.      All bicycles must also have at least one functioning handbrake to be ridden on public paths and roads.   Penalties: Riding PMD on the road Under the Active Mobility Act, it is an offence for PMDs to be used on roads, footpaths and/or pedestrian-only paths – PMDs are only allowed to be used on shared paths (cycling paths). Offenders caught riding their PMDs on the roads, footpaths and/or pedestrian-only paths, face a fine of up to $2,000 and/or a jail term of up to 3 months. Advertisements Repeat offenders face a fine of up to $5,000 and/or a jail term of up to 6 months. Speeding of PMDs on the road  The maximum allowed speed for PMDs is 10km/hr on footpaths, and 25km/hr on shared paths.  PMD riders caught speeding face a fine of up to $2,000 and/or a jail term of up to 6 months. Repeat offenders face a fine of up to $10,000 and or a jail term of up to 1 year. The PMDs/e-scooters can also be seized and forfeited by the authorities. Here are what netizens think: Display false registration plates should be jailed. These bicycles don’t even have any chains on them, 100% powered and not “power-assisted Way too many errant PMD and PAB riders. Come to bukit panjang area around hillion mall and bukit panjang plaza where you will see reckless food rider on pmd everywhere. So many PABs and PMDs on footpaths! I will see a few every day during my walks all over Singapore. Perhaps, the enforcement team need to be doing islandwide ops every day
    • An 18-year-old man was charged with public nuisance in court on Saturday (Aug 13). The teen, Ezra Jeet Singh, targeted an older man, Mr Ismail Mohd Dawan, on the MRT train, reported The Straits Times. It took place between the Paya Lebar and Kembangan MRT stations on Aug 5 at 11.11pm, said a Stomper who witnessed what happened and shared a video of the incident. The video shows Ezra, who is standing and dressed in black, harassing a seated Mr Ismail. The Stomper recounted: "This black-shirt guy started scolding this uncle for staring at him and asked the uncle to get down from the train and have a fight with him." According to the Stomper, the man verbally abused the uncle with obscenities such as "Who the f*** are you to stare at me?", "My c*** is bigger than yours" and "You're worse than my pubic hair." In the video, Ezra can be heard saying to Mr Ismail: "Tell them you're a coward." Mr Ismail immediately turned to the other passengers, put up his hands and said: "I'm a coward." Ezra then punched the air and exclaimed: "Yeah!"   In a statement on Saturday (Aug 13), the police said that they received a report that a man was allegedly causing a commotion on the MRT train on Aug 5 at about 11.10pm. "Upon receiving the '999' call, police officers from the Public Transport Security Command were dispatched to render assistance at Bedok MRT station. However, the man involved was no longer at the scene," said police. "Police officers from Bedok Police Division worked with officers from the Public Transport Security Command to identify the man. He was subsequently arrested for the offence of public nuisance." Anyone found guilty of the offence of public nuisance under Section 290 of the Penal Code 1871 will be liable for a fine which may extend to $2,000. In the case where the offender knew that the act or omission constituting the public nuisance will cause or will probably cause any common injury, danger or annoyance to the public, the offender may be liable upon conviction to an imprisonment term which may extend to three months, a fine which may extend to $2,000, or both.
    • SINGAPORE - Some over-the-counter medicine to treat fever, cough and cold are in short supply at pharmacies here, as more Covid-19 patients opt to self-medicate. While more easily transmitted, the current dominant Omicron variant is less severe than the Delta one, with those infected suffering fever, sore throat and cough. Checks by The Straits Times found that several pharmacies, including Watsons and Guardian, are running low on Panadol Cough & Cold and Decolgen - which are used to relieve symptoms brought about by a cold or flu. Over on e-commerce platforms Lazada and Shopee, some sellers still have the two products in stock but in limited quantities. On Guardian's website, both products are sold out, which a spokesman attributed to more people self-medicating. The spokesman said the company is monitoring the situation and working with suppliers. The supply of both Decolgen and Panadol is expected to "recover and stabilise" by end-August, while Guardian's own brand of fever medication is still in stock across its 115 outlets.     A spokesman for Watsons, which has 99 branches, said new stock is expected between the middle of and end August, noting that its suppliers are facing shipment issues.     In response to queries by ST, Panadol manufacturer Haleon, which is based in Britain and has its Asia-Pacific headquarters here, said it is producing record quantities of the drug. But it noted that demand for consumer health products to manage symptoms of cold and flu has been unprecedented and unpredictable lately. "Combined with challenges faced across all global supply chains, there may be times when consumers struggle to find the variant of Panadol they prefer," it added.   Earlier this year, customers in Singapore faced issues trying to find specific variants of Panadol as some stores ran out of stock. These variants include Panadol Extra and Panadol Cough & Cold. A FairPrice spokesman said the overall demand for medication that treats cough and fever has been elevated since the beginning of the year, which was when Omicron cases started to spike. More On This Topic Jump in demand for cough and cold medication in Singapore Spike in sales of throat sprays, mouthwash amid Singapore's Omicron wave In February, the Government introduced measures to reduce the strain on the healthcare sector, which included encouraging those with mild symptoms to refrain from visiting clinics or hospitals and instead isolate themselves and recover at home. One of them is Ms Han Nguyen, 39, who was infected in early August. The pre-school teacher had all three symptoms and self-medicated to alleviate them. "I didn't feel sick enough to see a doctor. The fever subsided after I took Panadol anyway, and I didn't want to expose other people to the virus by going out," she said of her decision not to visit a GP clinic. "It is good that more people are self-medicating now, since this places less strain on our healthcare system. But people should buy only what they need instead of stockpiling medication. The symptoms will go away after a while, and it is not like taking all that medicine will make it go away faster," she added.     https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/panadol-cough-cold-decolgen-in-short-supply-as-more-covid-19-patients-self-medicate
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