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.
If you have always wanted to own an e scooter but haven't had the chance to buy it yet, no fret. Seasoned electric scooter rider and looking to change your device? We got you covered.
This is a list of the top 3 considerations e scooter buyers should check through before making your next e scooter purchase:
It is compulsory for all electric scooter owners to register their devices starting from early 2019. (Users of other personal mobility devices such as self-balancing hoverboards and electric skates don't have to do so.)
The catch is: only LTA-approved e scooters can undergo registration.
You will have to provide your personal details to be keyed into a database.
Afterwards, you'll receive a unique identification number and a registration mark.
These identification stickers have to be stuck prominently onto the front of your electric scooter stem.
We will release further details of the registration process in time to come.
Before you start spending, you should ensure that:
the device can only go at a maximum speed of 25 km/h.
This is the criteria the Land Transport Authority (LTA) gave to all e scooters. If your device does not meet one or more of these criterions, your electric scooter is automatically not LTA-approved.
This is a really big one.
For those who are unfamiliar with the recent e scooter laws, it is compulsory for all electric scooters in Singapore to be UL2272-certified from January 2021 onwards.
If you are buying an e scooter in July 2019 and beyond, take note that retailers are banned from selling you non UL2272-certified devices.
Some context: Underwriter's Laboratories (UL), an independent American safety certification organisation, created the UL2272 safety standard to specifically test the electrical systems of personal mobility devices (PMDs).
It is proven that UL2272-certified electric scooters are less prone to fire and electrical hazards than non UL2272-certified ones.
Where to look for the UL2272 marking
The marking is shown in various ways: a logo (if you can't find the UL logo, look for the Canadian Standards Association aka CSA logo) or a written official statement.
Fun fact: CSA is another safety certification company. It is also a partner organisation of UL. CSA takes on UL's testing parameters and procedure to conduct tests on the e scooters on behalf of the American company.
If you're unsure if the device you're buying is certified or not, there are 3 places to check and verify:
So long as the logo or statement can be found in one or more of these places, your device is UL2272-certified.
For riders who currently don't own a UL2272-certified PMD, don't despair. You have until end-2020 to ride it. So long as you change to a certified device by the deadline, you're good.
First and foremost, you can't ride your electric scooter on the road (it is against the law). However, with Singapore's extensive network of pathways, there is really no reason to do so.
Here are some places where you can ride your e scooter:
Now that you have all these information at your fingertips, go forth and make your next e scooter purchase! If you're looking for a UL2272-certified, LTA-approved electric scooter, our Segway-Ninebot ES2 is going at a low price of $599 (Usual Price: $799).
In fact, you can get additional benefits like after sales repair services and a free one year warranty on your electric scooter frame when you shop from us.