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.
A quick introduction to the electric scooter law in Singapore:Only electric scooters carrying the UL2272 safety certification and self-balancing hoverboards can be used from 2021 onwards.
However, you can ride non UL2272-certified electric scooters till end-2020. After the deadline, they are illegal. Riders who break the law will have their pmds confiscated and impounded.
If you currently own a non UL2272-certified e scooter, read this article to know why you should seriously consider switching your scooter model.
What makes an electric scooter UL2272-certified and not others?
UL2272 is a electrical safety standard created by UL, an independent American safety science organisation.
The pmd goes through a series of mechanical, environmental and material & component tests:
- Mechanical: Drop tests, vibration and impact tests.
- Environmental: Exposure to water (e.g. splashing water and partially immersing pmd into water)
- Material & component: Flame resistance tests, motor tests to check its potential for overheating
E scooters that pass all electrical safety tests are free from fire and electrical hazards. They then receive the official UL2272 certification from UL or one of its partner organisations.
Places you should check to know if your electric scooter is UL2272-certified:
Sometimes, there aren't any obvious markings or labels on the e scooter itself. You have to dig a little deeper.
How do you know if your e scooter is UL2272-certified then?
These are two possible places to check:
Electric scooter product packaging
Electric scooter product packaging:
Firstly, dig out your e scooter box (we chose the Segway ES2 as our example).
Next, look at the yellow sticker on the product packaging.
Congrats! Your pmd carries the UL2272-certification.
If there's nothing on your e scooter box, take out your e scooter user manual.
Try to find a section where the safety certifications are listed. For the ES2, the proof can be found under category 13, under the header title of 'Certifications'.
Singapore retailers cannot sell any non UL2272-certified pmds from July 2019 onwards.
Check back with your retailer if you're not sure if your pmd carries the UL2272 safety certification.
Which electric scooter model carries the UL2272 safety certification?Of the thousands of e scooter models available in Singapore, there is only one UL2272-certified e scooter model sold in the market:
As the world's leading pmd brand, Segway-Ninebot values the safety of riders and takes steps to ensure that rider safety is protected. This starts from the electric scooter manufacturing process.
Most importantly, all of Segway's devices - be it electric scooters, self-balancing hoverboards or electric skates - comply with the UL2272 electrical safety standard.
In fact, Segway was part of the committee that set the UL2272 certification criteria all pmds have meet before they can be imported into Canada or the United States.
In Singapore, the ES2 meets all of Land Transport Authority (LTA)’s requirements for personal mobility devices. It weighs 12.5 kg, is 43 cm wide and can go at a maximum speed of 25 km/h. This makes the ES2 an LTA-approved e scooter model.
The ES2's handlebar width is only 43cm!
Why buy the ES2 electric scooter?
First off, the ES2 is a UL2272-certified e scooter. In other words, it is the least likely to cause electrical hazards unlike other e scooter models.
Second, we are Segway-Ninebot’s Official Distributor & Repair Centre. Get additional perks when you buy from us:
- One year official warranty on the e scooter frame
- Six months official warranty on battery
- Enjoy reliable after sales and repair services for your ES2 (we have ready spare parts)
Last but not least, order from us or make your way down to 259 Lavender Street to grab your next thrilling ride (while still being LTA-approved).