As the period for e-scooter registration is coming to a close, the Land Transport Authority (LTA)’s new rules will be in effect starting 1 July.
From then onwards, it will be an offence if you’re found riding an unregistered e-scooter on public paths.
Commuters and retailers should note that enabling someone else to ride an unregistered e-scooter, and selling or leasing non-UL2272 certified personal mobility devices (PMDs) for use on public paths, are also prohibited.
To make it easier to enforce these rules, the LTA hopes to give the public a more accessible channel to report cases of misconduct.
The authority has said it is “working on an enhancement” to its MyTransport.SG app so that users can soon upload photos and videos if they come across errant PMD riders.
Before the update is rolled out into the app, people can lodge complaints and feedback on LTA’s website in the meantime.
Things To Know If You’re An E-Scooter Rider
Since registration opened on 2 January 2019, there have already been more than 75,000 e-scooters registered across Singapore.
If you own an e-scooter and haven’t registered it yet, it’s still not too late—you have until 30 June to get it done at LTA’s OneMotoring website.
Registrants must be at least 16 years old, and will have to declare that their device is compliant to criteria, which includes having a maximum weight of 20kg and a top speed of 25km/h.
False declarations can result in fines of up to $5,000 and a year’s imprisonment.
Once you’ve completed the process, you will be issued a unique registration number, and you’re required to affix both the Identification Mark bearing this number and an LTA Registration Mark on your e-scooter.
After 1 July, those found riding unregistered e-scooters on public paths can face fines of up to $2,000 and up to three months’ jail for a first-time offence.
Additionally, all e-scooters used on public paths must be certified to the UL2272 standard by 1 January 2021.
Existing owners of non-UL2272 certified PMDs purchased before 1 July 2019 can still register and use them until December 2020, after which they will be automatically deregistered.
Not sure if your e-scooter falls within the accepted standard? You can find LTA’s list of UL2272 certified PMDs available in Singapore here.
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