UPDATE [6 Aug 2019]: The PMD safety certification deadline has been moved forward to July 2020. All non-UL2272 certified devices will be auto-deregistered and cannot be used in public after July 2020. Users can continue to ride only UL2272 certified PMDs beyond the July 2020 deadline.
The news is out: if you are a electric scooter owner, you’ll have to register your device between 2 January to 30 June 2019.
For those who are confused or unsure about the details to the registration, don’t fret. Read on for a complete guide to where, when and the things you should prepare when you want to start registering your e-scooter.
We will also provide additional tips on the things to do after the initial registration (yes, there are a few more steps you’ll need to take before you can start scooting legally).
Registering your PMD physically
All electric scooter owners can choose to either register their e-scooter in person or via the web.
If you prefer to physically register your PMD or you conveniently live near a Singpost post office, you can visit any of the local Singpost branches in Singapore. Moreover, don’t go in empty-handed. There are several things you’ll need to prepare in advance for a seamless registration, which includes:
- A $20 registration fee*
- A completed registration form (that you can get and fill up at Singpost)
- Your NRIC/FIN
- A hard copy (printed), colour photo of your e-scooter
- If you own a UL2272-certified electric scooter: A hard copy (printed), colour photo of the UL2272-certification on your e-scooter
* This fee only applies to those who register after 31 March 2019. If you get your e-scooter registered before this date, you won’t need to pay the registration fee (i.e. register early so its free!)
Registering your PMD online
For those who prefer the ease of the internet, you can register online at www.onemotoring.com.sg/escooter. If you’re registering your own e-scooter, log in with your SingPass. On the other hand, use your CropPass if you’re registering for your company.
E-scooter registration and UL2272-certification: What’s the link?
Similarities: Regardless of whether your e-scooter is UL2272-certified or not, you’ll have to register your device before 1 July 2019. This is because after this date, it is illegal to ride unregistered e-scooters on public paths.
Differences: All registered non UL2272-certified electric scooters will be automatically deregistered on 1 January 2021. This is because come this date, the use of all non UL2272-certified e-scooters will be banned in Singapore. Moreover, retailers can’t sell you non UL2272-certified e-scooters from 1 July 2019 and beyond.
Conversely, there are no such restrictions on your registered UL2272-certified electric scooter. You can use it for the years to come without a problem.
Do I need to register my PMD?
Not all personal mobility devices need to undergo registration. Only electric devices that fulfill the below two criteria need to:
- Your device is powered by an electric motor
- It has handlebars
If it fits these two criteria, you have an electric scooter. For those who own electric hoverboards and electric skates, good news! You don’t have to register them.
Next, you must ensure that your e-scooter is approved by the Land Transport Authority (LTA). To know if your device is LTA-approved, you can check to make sure all the following criteria is met:
- Your device has a maximum speed of 25 km/h or less
- maximum weight of 20 kg
- The total length of the handlebars, or the e-scooter width, is 70 cm or below
After registration: Get your identification mark made
After you have been through registration, you should receive a unique serial number. You’ll then need to get this serial number printed in the form of a identification sticker or mark. In fact, there are very specific criterions for your identification mark.
If you don’t know where to get your identification mark printed, you’re in luck!
At Mighty Velo, we are opening our printing services to all e-scooter owners. Moreover, we’ll give you all 8 of the possible variations your sticker can appear as. This means you can choose whichever sticker design appeals to you the most and attach it on your e-scooter.