More than 75,000 e-scooters registered ahead of 30 June deadline: LTA

Approximately 85 per cent of the registrants have been Singaporeans, while about 73 per cent of the total figure are between the ages of 21 and 50, said the LTA. (Yahoo News Singapore file photo)

SINGAPORE — More than 75,000 e-scooters have been registered with the Land Transport Authority (LTA) since registration began on 2 January.

Approximately 85 per cent of the registrants are Singaporeans, while about 73 per cent of the total figure are between the ages of 21 and 50, said the LTA in a press release on Thursday (20 June). Less than 5 per cent of the registrants are aged between 16 and 20, while 22 per cent are aged 51 and above.

“This highlights the diverse groups of people who have found such devices to be beneficial and convenient, especially for short journeys and first and last mile connectivity to our public transport nodes and amenities,” said the authority.

E-scooter registration reminder

E-scooter owners are reminded that, from 1 July, it will be an offence to ride, cause or permit another person to ride an unregistered e-scooter on public paths.

Those looking to register their devices can still do so online. Registered e-scooters must bear the LTA’s Registration Mark and an Identification Mark, which bears a unique registration number assigned to the device.

A person who is convicted for using an unregistered device under the new law faces a maximum fine of $2,000 and a possible jail term of up to three months.

Registrants must be aged 16 and above, and will have to declare that their devices conform to the criteria listed under the Active Mobility Act 2017.

Those caught for making false declarations face a fine of up to $5,000 and a possible jail term of up to a year.

UL2722 standard for motorised PMDs

To improve public safety and minimise the risk of fires, all motorised PMDs used on public paths must meet the UL2272 standard from 1 January 2021.

Those who currently own non-UL2272 certified PMDs that were bought before 1 July can still register them for use until 31 December 2020, after which the devices will be automatically deregistered.

Retailers caught selling non-UL2272 certified PMDs face a maximum fine of $5,000 and a possible jail term of up to three months for their first offence. The LTA will also not accept registration for non-UL2272 certified devices after 1 July.

The LTA also thanked members of the public for their feedback on hot spots, which has helped in the authority’s enforcement efforts against errant PMD users.

“I know of many e-scooter owners who have already registered their devices, and I encourage those who have not done so to register before the deadline,” said Denis Koh, a member of the Active Mobility Advisory Panel and chairman of Big Wheel Scooters Singapore.

“A majority of our riders are responsible and practice safe riding. We should not let the actions of a few irresponsible ones tar the image of the broader community.”

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