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.
Key points of the new LTA (Land Transport Authority) requirements for e-scooters (electric scooters):
- All existing electric scooters must be registered with LTA by 30 Jun 2019 or it becomes illegal to ride in public without the LTA identification sticker & registration mark from 1 July 2019.
- Register online at LTA OneMotoring website. You need to ay a $20 LTA registration fee online to receive a LTA registration mark in the mail (this will take up to two weeks).
- After the LTA registration, you will receive a LTA registration number.
- The LTA registration number is your e-scooter (escooter) license plate. Next, you need to order a LTA identification mark online at www.ohmybike.com.
When you register a non-UL2272-certified but a LTA-compliant e-scooter:
You can continue riding your registered e-scooter until 31 Dec 2020, after which it will be auto-deregistered and scrapped.
When you register a UL2272-certified and LTA-compliant scooter:
These are the approved UL logos approved by LTA for UL2272 scooters in Singapore:
- From 1 July 2019, retailers are no longer allowed to sell non-UL2272 electric scooters.
LTA e-scooter registration – what does it apply to?
Now, these LTA regulations ONLY apply to electric scooters.
Personal mobility devices like unicycles, hoverboards and electric wheelchairs DO NOT NEED to be registered, while electric bicycles should have been registered with LTA separately.
How to be sure that your e-scooter is LTA-compliant?
- Max. weight is 20 kg
- Max. handlebar width is 70 cm.
- Max speed is 25 km/h
Step 1: Register your e-scooter on OneMotoring or at SingPost
This can be done on LTA’s OneMotoring website (need SingPass) by 30 Jun 2019. You need to be at least 16 years old to apply.
However, when you purchase an e-scooter from retailers after 30 June 2019, this registration process still applies accordingly.
Only existing e-scooters (already purchased) are required to register by 30 June 2019.
- Submit a softcopy colour photo of your electric scooter
- If your ride is UL2272-certified, take a photo of a of the certification mark on the scooter. It is most often found at the undercarriage (bottom) of the escooter foot platform.
- Pay a $20 LTA registration fee, payable by credit card or NETS.
Step 2: Order online at www.ohmybike.com to get your 3M quality LTA identification sticker.
- The sticker will be laminated with 3M OverLaminate and mailed to you within 7 days.
- Wait for LTA to mail you the LTA registration mark.
Step 3: Paste BOTH registration and identification stickers on your e-scooter
LTA had specific instructions on where exactly they want to see both stickers displayed on your UL2272 LTA-compliant e-scooter.
Register by end June. This is the deadline for all non UL2272 scooters to register online with LTA.
From 1 July 2019, it will become an offence to ride an unregistered e-scooter in public. You can be fined up to $5,000 and/or serve a 6-month jail term.
What is UL2272 certification?
UL2272 certification - this is a new safety requirement by the Land Transport Authority. This is an independently-issued safety mark that indicates the product has been tested for fire safety.
The UL2272 safety certification is an important feature of this new LTA regulation for all electric scooters in Singapore, because from 1 Jan 2021, ONLY UL2272-certified electric scooters will be allowed in Singapore.
That means that, even after you register your non-UL2272 e-scooter this year, you need to scrap it at the end of 2020.
If you decide to buy a non UL2272 e-scooter now till 2020, know that you will only have a maximum period of owning it for another 12-18 months before having to throw it away.
There are very few UL2272-certified electric scootersm models in Singapore.
In the list of UL2272-certified models provided by LTA, only Segway Ninebot ES2 is readily available in Singapore. :
Be careful not to end up buying the Chinese Domestic model of Xiaomi Mijia M365 which does not show the necessary UL2272 logo on the scooter bottom.
Should you still buy that electric scooter?
If you already own an e-scooter that’s not UL2272 certified, your e-scooter has basically been given a death sentence. Nothing much to think about, just accept it that you will only have at most 18 months to end Dec 2020 to use it in Singapore.
However, if you don’t already own one but are looking to buy an e-scooter this year, the new UL2272 rule is now an important consideration for your purchase.
In fact, by 1 July 2019, no retailers in Singapore are allowed to sell non-Ul2272 certified scooters and you will only be able to register a UL2272 scooter online from 1 July (be it a new or second hand scooter).