On 12 December 2018, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) announced that the registration of electric scooters (escooters) 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.
Here are 5 things you may have missed out.
1) You must be 16 years to own an escooter
If you are younger than 16 years old, you cannot register and own an escooter. Having said that, it does not mean that you cannot use an escooter. 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 escooters.
2) Registration is free from 2 Jan to 31 Mar 2019
To encourage owners to register their escooters early, the registration fee of $20 will be wavied 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 escooter at www.onemotoring.com.sg/escooter or at Singapore Post Offices. 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 (available at Post Office), NRIC, hardcopy photo of the escooter 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 escooter within 14 calendar days,
4) There are 3 marks on your escooter
They are the registration, identification and UL2272 certification mark.
Firstly, the registration mark 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.
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 escooter is certified to UL2272, the escooter would have already bear this mark on the escooter. If your escooter does not have this mark, it would be deemed as a non UL2272 certified escooter.
5) You cannot transfer your non UL2272 certified scooter from 1 Jul 2019
You are allowed to use your non UL2272 certified escooter until 31 Dec 2020. (That is if you register your escooter no later than 30 June 2019.) But you cannot sell or transfer the escooter from 1 Jul 2019. The escooter will be automatically deregistered on 31 Dec 2020.