Members of the public are not allowed to ride, cause or permit another person to ride, an unregistered e-scooter on public paths starting from 1 July 2019.
This was emphasised by the Land Transport Authority (LTA) in a press release on Thursday (20 June) that first-time offenders can be subject to a fine of up to $2,000 and/or imprisonment of up to 3 months.
LTA also reminds retailers not to sell non-UL2272 certified Personal Mobility Devices (PMDs).
First-time offenders can be subject to a fine of up to $5,000 and/or imprisonment of up to 3 months. LTA will also no longer accept the registration and/or the transfer of registration of non-UL2272 certified PMDs from 1 July 2019.
The authority also thank the public for their feedback on hot spot locations, which has helped enforcement efforts against errant PMD riders. Members of the public who encounter irresponsible riding behaviour can continue to lodge their feedback.
To make members of the public easier and more convenient to take a photograph or video and report such feedback directly to LTA to facilitate more targeted and effective enforcement, LTA is also working on an enhancement to its MyTransport.SG app.
LTA stated that the e-scooter registration regime aims to deter reckless riding and facilitate enforcement efforts against errant riders, to improve public safety for all path users.
Registration of e-scooters commenced on 2 January 2019, and owners can register their devices online.
A registered e-scooter must have a LTA Registration Mark and an Identification Mark (which bears the unique registration number assigned to the e-scooter) affixed to help identify it easily, LTA noted.
Registrants must be at least 16 years old and will need to declare that their e-scooters are compliant with the device criteria prescribed under the Active Mobility Act 2017. Those who make false declarations or provide false information can be subject to a fine of up to $5,000 and/or imprisonment of up to 12 months.
According to LTA, to date, more than 75,000 e-scooters have been registered. Approximately 85% of registrants are Singaporean. Less than 5% of those who have registered are aged 16 to 20 years old. About 73% are between the ages of 21 to 50 years old and 22% are 51 years old and above.
Mr Denis Koh, an Active Mobility Advisory Panel member and Chairman of Big Wheel Scooters Singapore (BWSS) said: “I believe the registration of e-scooters, together with other regulations such as mandatory speed limits, can help to enhance the safety of riders and members of the public. I know of many e-scooter owners who have already registered their devices, and I encourage those who have not done so to register before the deadline.”
“A majority of our riders are responsible and practice safe riding. We should not let the actions of a few irresponsible ones tar the image of the broader community. Enhancements to make it easier for the public to report errant riders would also be very much welcomed,” he added.