The Land Transport Authority (LTA) will introduce a mandatory inspection requirement for registered e-scooters with effect from April 2020, to ensure that these devices comply with the device criteria1 for use on public paths. Registered e-scooters will be called up every two years for inspections to ensure their continued compliance. These are part of a series of measures to improve public safety.
In addition, LTA is studying upstream measures, to tackle the issue of non-compliant PMDs more effectively. LTA is also reviewing the penalties for illegal modification of PMDs and other offences, and will not hesitate to come down hard on users who flout the rules flagrantly and endanger the lives of others.
For Existing Registered E-Scooters
LTA will schedule mandatory inspections for e-scooters registered before 1 April 2020 and were declared as UL2272-certified, at no cost to existing owners. Owners of these devices will receive a notice from LTA informing them to bring their devices in for inspection at one of nine E-scooter Inspection Centres (EICs) island-wide.
Those who fail to send their devices for inspection by the stipulated deadline could face a fine of up to $1,000 and/or jailed up to three months, if convicted.
All non UL2272-certified e-scooters, including those found to be declared as UL2272-certified erroneously will be automatically deregistered on 1 July 2020, the deadline for mandatory UL2272 compliance for use on public paths. E-scooters that are UL2272-certified but do not comply with weight, width and speed requirements during inspection will have their registration cancelled by LTA.
For E-scooters Registered On or After 1 April 2020
From 1 April 2020, all new e-scooters will be required to pass the inspection before they can be registered for use on public paths. Retailers/businesses will only be able to display, sell or lease devices that have passed the inspection2 and bear the requisite registration mark.
It is an offence to ride an unregistered e-scooter on public paths. First-time offenders can be subject to a fine of $2,000 and/or imprisonment of up to three months.
It is also an offence to use non-compliant e-scooters on public paths and first-time offenders may face a fine $5,000 and/or imprisonment of up to three months.
1 E-scooters must be UL2272-certified and not exceed 20kg in unladen weight, 70cm in width, and the maximum device speed must not exceed 25km/h.
2 These devices refer to those intended for use on public paths.