On 12 December 2018, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) announced that the registration of electric scooters (e-scooters) will commence from 2 Jan 2019.
The purpose of the mandatory registration is to deter reckless riding, foster greater rider responsibility and facilitate enforcement efforts in tracking down errant riders.
Under this mandatory registration scheme, mobility scooters, motorised electric wheelchairs, hoverboards and unicycles are excluded. E-bikes already have a different registration scheme which requires inspection of an authorised center.
Here are 5 things you may have missed out.
1) You must be 16 years to own an e-scooter
If you are younger than 16 years old, you cannot register and own an e-scooter. Having said that, it does not mean that you cannot use an e-scooter. The Active Mobility Act (as of 17 Dec 2018) imposed an age restriction on the use of Power Assisted Bicycles (PABs) but there is no similar mention on the use of Personal Mobility Devices (PMDs) such as e-scooters.
2) Registration is free from 2 Jan to 31 Mar 2019
To encourage owners to register their e-scooters early, the registration fee of $20 will be waived if you register before 31 Mar 2019. For registration completed after 31 Mar 2019, you will have to pay $20.
3) Registration at Singapore Post Office is available until 30 Jun 2019
You can choose to register your e-scooter online or at Singapore Post Offices (except Thomson and Whampoa). But registration at Singapore Post Office is only available from 2 Jan 2019 to 30 Jun 2019.
You will have to bring the completed application form (download here and also available at Post Office), NRIC, hardcopy photo of the e-scooter and UL2272 certification label. Payment can be made by cash and Nets only.
Upon registration, you will be provided with a unique registration number which you must fabricate as an identification mark and affix on your e-scooter within 14 calendar days.
4) There are 3 marks on your e-scooter
They are the registration, identification and UL2272 certification mark.
Firstly, the registration mark which is provided by LTA. If you register online, LTA will mail to you the mark. If you register at Singapore Post Office, the counter staff will pass you the mark on the spot.
The LTA registration mark is tamper-proof. In other words, if another rider wants to steal your registration mark, the mark will leave signs of tampering which voids the mark. This will also mean that if you paste wrongly, you will not be able to re-paste.
Secondly, the identification mark. You will have to fabricate this mark bearing the unique registration number and according to the stipulated dimensions and font size.
Finally, the UL2272 certification mark. If your e-scooter is certified to UL2272, the e-scooter would have already bear this mark on the e-scooter. If your e-scooter does not have this mark, it would be deemed as a non-UL2272 certified e-scooter.
e-scooters which are certified to UL2272 will have a certification mark affix on the e-scooter during production. This labelling can only be done at the factory after the e-scooter model is certified to UL2272. Therefore it is not possible to certify your existing non-UL2272 e-scooter as at the time of production your e-scooter was not certified to UL2272.
5) You cannot transfer your non-UL2272 certified e-scooter from 1 Jul 2019
If you register your LTA compliant but non-UL2272 e-scooter before 1 Jul 2019, you are allowed to use it until 31 Dec 2020. But you cannot sell or transfer the e-scooter after 1 Jul 2019. The e-scooter will be automatically de-registered on 31 Dec 2020.
If you forgot to register your non-UL2272 before 1 Jul 2019, your e-scooter will be deem as illegal to be use on public paths. This is because LTA will stop all non-UL2272 registration on 1 Jul 2019.
Where to register:
A) On onemotoring website here. For personal, you will login using SingPass. For companies, you will login using CorpPass.
B) At Singpost (except Thomson and Whampoa) until 30 Jun 2019. For the list of Singpost branches, please click here.