oBike owes town councils over S$88,000 in fines

SINGAPORE — Beleaguered bike-sharing operator oBike has been slapped with fines amounting to S$88,600 in total by the Bishan-Toa Payoh and Marine Parade Town Councils, ahead of the July 4 deadline imposed by Land Transport Authority to remove its fleet.

About 170 offence notices from the Bishan-Toa Payoh Town Council were pasted at oBike’s abandoned office on Monday (July 2) morning. The offence notices pasted on the office window in nine stacks were mostly for obstruction of bicycles at common areas and failure to remove illegally parked rental bikes. oBike had 14 days from the date of notice to settle each fine, and an instalment plan could be arranged if it is unable to pay the entire sum by the due date. Under the proposed instalment plan from the town council, oBike could pay 50 per cent of the total amount payable first, and the remaining amount in a second instalment. Failing which, the town council said they shall commence legal proceedings to recover the monies as well as all the expenses incurred thereof.

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