$100 incentive for early disposal of e-scooters that don't meet safety standards: LTA

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SINGAPORE — The Land Transport Authority (LTA) is offering a $100 “early disposal incentive” for each non-safety-compliant e-scooter sent in for free disposal at designated disposal points from Monday (23 September) to 30 November.

In a media release on Friday, it said that such measures are aimed at encouraging personal mobility device (PMD) owners to dispose of their non-compliant devices early.

Last month, following recent fire incidents associated with PMDs not compliant with the UL2272 safety standard, authorities brought forward the deadline to comply with the new standard from 1 January 2021 to 1 July 2020.

The LTA said that, for safety reasons, non-UL2272 PMD owners should discard their devices only at the designated disposal points set up by LTA-appointed e-waste recyclers across HDB estates or at LTA’s Sin Ming office.

The e-waste recyclers are trained and equipped to ensure safe disposal of the PMDs as well as the recycling of any reusable materials and components. While they typically charge a fee for disposal, LTA is facilitating this disposal at no cost to existing owners.

How to apply for incentive

To apply for the early disposal incentive, e-scooter owners must log into their SingPass/CorpPass account and submit an online application at the One Motoring website to dispose of their devices.

Those who have successfully applied will receive an SMS acknowledgement containing a link to the schedule and locations of the disposal points, where owners can drop off their devices.

For verification purposes, owners must bring proof of identity and the SMS acknowledgement. They must also ensure that their non-UL2272 e-scooters bear LTA’s registration and identification marks.

Upon verification of eligibility, the early disposal incentive will be credited to the bank or PayNow account indicated on the application form within two weeks of dropping off the devices.

The final deadline to disposal non-UL2272 PMDs at the designated disposal points is 31 March next year.

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