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.
In addition, at the parliment 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).
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. 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 after 31 Mar 2019
If you have not registered your e-scooter, then it is likely you missed the free registration period which ended on 31 Mar 2019.
The fee is $20 for new e-scooter registration. For transfer of e-scooter, the fee is $7 which is payable by the buyer.
In addition, when you register an e-scooter from 1 Apr 2020, you would have to bring your e-scooter to the appointed inspection center for inspection.
The inspection covers the weight, speed, width and the UL2272 certification mark and compliance. LTA has yet to release further details on this including the fees involve.
3) Registration at Singapore Post Office has stopped
Registration at Singapore Post Office is only available from 2 Jan 2019 to 30 Jun 2019. From 1 July 2019, registration can only be done through LTA onemotoring website. As far as we understand, LTA does not entertain any walk-in registration at their counters.
Therefore, it is important to make sure that you have Singpass or is eligible for Singpass.
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 solution is to ask a friend who has a Singpass to help you register.
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.
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 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 30 Jun 2020. But you cannot sell or transfer the e-scooter after 1 Jul 2019. The non-UL2272 e-scooter will be automatically de-registered on 30 Jun 2020.
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 neccessary step.
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.
If you are a MOBOT customer, you can approach us to find out more about MOBOT Guaranteed Trade-in Program and how to trade-in to a UL2272 certified e-scooter such a DYU UL2272, F16, F1K, FIIDO UL2272, GOTRAX GXL V2, NINEBOT by SEGWAY ES2 and L1-1.
Where to register:
On onemotoring website here. For personal, you will login using SingPass. For companies, you will login using CorpPass.