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It's Now Illegal To Ride Unlicensed PMDs In S'pore - Fines Up To $2K If Caught

After 30 June, it is now illegal to ride a personal mobility device (PMD) such as e-scooters, without a license from the Land Transport Authority (LTA).

PMD users are also liable if they cause or allow another person to ride an unregistered e-scooter on public paths.

Retailers and PMD operators are not allowed to sell or lease any non-UL2272 certified PMDs.

It was reported that over 85,000 e-scooters were registered before the deadline.

There were close to 1,000 registrations on the last day.

Those who have not yet registered their LTA-compliant PMDs can still do so on the OneMotoring website here.

Registrants must be at least 16 years old.

PMDs must not exceed 20kg in weight, 70cm in width, and the maximum speed should be capped at 25km/h.

False declarations will result in the cancellation of the application and the registration fee forfeited, with the offender fined $5,000 or face imprisonment up to 12 months.

If caught riding an unregistered e-scooter on public paths, first-time offenders can be fined up to $2,000 and jailed for up to three months.

In a statement released by LTA, 75% of registrants were aged between 21 and 50, 21% were 50 and above, and the remainder were 16 to 20.

Speaking to The Straits Times, transport economist Walter Theseira said it is unclear how many e-scooters are not registered or not compliant with standards in Singapore.

He noted that while the majority of active PMDs “should have been registered”, it would not be easy to assess how far they are from 100% registration because regulations only kicked in recently.

“I think there will be some unregistered units and enforcement will have to send a message that this isn’t going to be tolerated, to protect the public and legitimate registered users.”

With 85,000 devices roaming our streets, it’s always good to be more vigilant.

But one can’t ever expect an accident to happen.

In light of that, Singapore-based e-scooter-sharing firm, Beam, has launched an insurance for riders in case of an accident.

However, if you spot a rogue PMD rider, you can now quickly report it with a snap of a photo on the MyTransport.sg app.

Featured Image Credit: Gov.sg

 

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