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 at an authorised center.
Furthermore, at the parliament session on 5 Aug 2019, LTA also announced that the deadline for the use of non UL2272 e-scooters was brought forward from 31 Dec 2020 to 30 Jun 2020 (6 months earlier).
In addition, the LTA announced on 7 Oct 2019 that a mandatory inspection for registered UL2272 e-scooters with start from 1 April 2020. Registered e-scooters would be inspected every 2 years to make sure they continued to comply to the regulations. With this new measure, LTA hoped to improve public safety.
Here are 5 things you may have missed out on e-scooter registration:
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. You can only ride the e-scooter under the supervision of an adult.
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 not free. Inspection is not free.
If someone told you that e-scooter registration is free, he probably had not kept himself updated since 31 Mar 2019. When LTA introduced the e-scooter mandatory registration on 2 Jan 2019, LTA waived the $20 registration fee from 2 Jan to 31 Mar 2019.
The current practice is retailers will bring the e-scooters for inspection and register at the same time. Some retailers will include the $30 inspection and $20 registration fee in their selling while others may charge separately.
After which, when the retailer transfers the e-scooter to you, there is a $7 transfer fee which is payable by the buyer directly to LTA via onemotoring website.
Finally, you may charge the e-scooter identification mark separately. The identification mark averages around $5.
The inspection covers the weight, speed, width and the UL2272 certification mark and compliance.
Note: Existing registered UL2272 e-scooter owners will receive a notice from LTA informing them to bring their devices in for inspection.
3) Registration by individual owners have stopped
As of 1 Jul 2020, individual owners cannot register their e-scooters at LTA onemotoring website or over the counter registration at Singapore Post Offices. All registrations will be done by the retailers through the E-scooter Inspection Centres (EICs).
Nevertheless, it is still important to make sure that you have Singpass or is eligible for Singpass. This is because you are required to login to onemotoring to confirm the transfer when the retailer initiated it.
For owners holding work permit, please apply for your Singpass first before you purchase the e-scooter. You can check your Singpass eligibility from MOM WPOL Enquiry Service.
If you found out you are not eligible to apply for Singpass, one of the solutions is to ask a friend who has a Singpass to help you register.
4) There are 3 marks on your e-scooter
They are the registration, identification and UL2272 certification mark.
Firstly, the registration mark provided by LTA. For registration before 1 April 2020, the registration mark is white. On the other hand, the registration mark is yellow thereafter.
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.
You can get a LTA identification mark sticker for as low as $1.07? Click here to learn more
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 ride your non-UL2272 certified e-scooter from 1 Jul 2020
Your non UL2272 certified e-scooter would be automatically deregistered on 1 Jul 2020. As it no longer has valid registration, you cannot ride the non UL2272 certified e-scooter on public paths.
Having said that, it not illegal to own a non UL2272 or non registered e-scooter, you can still keep in your home, ride it on private premises or bring it overseas to ride.
If you wish to disposal of the e-scooter, you would have to engage a recycling company to do. It is illegal to dispose of your e-scooter at the void deck or bin center as the e-scooter contains li-ion battery which requires proper disposal. For more details about e-scooter disposal, you can check out our article here.
Note: LTA brought forward the original deadline, 31 Dec 2020, to 30 Jun 2020 in response to concerns about the risks they posed to the public. There were 52 PMDs fires reported in 2018 and 49 incidents in the first half of 2019. As such, LTA believed this is a necessary step.
UL2272 certified e-scooters go through stringent tests to evaluate its electrical safety. In addition, the factory has to go through regularly audits by the accrediation lab to make sure its compliance. For more information about UL2272, click here.
Do not worry. You can have the option to trade-in your e-scooter to a LTA approved ebike, bicycle, LTA compliant mobility scooter or UL2272 certified e-scooter with MOBOT.
Where to confirm e-scooter transfer:
On onemotoring website here. For personal, you will login using your SingPass. For companies, you will login using CorpPass.