FAQ: PMD registration and UL2272
On 12 Dec 2018, the Land Transport Authority of Singapore (LTA) released details on the registration of electric scooters.
On this page, we have consolidated information regarding this registration, and summarized them into an easily digestible bite-sized FAQ. We have also added some other helpful information surrounding this registration.
For official information about the registration, see the LTA website here:
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Do I have to register my electric scooter?
Yes, all existing electric scooter riders have to register their escooters before 1 July 2019.
When can I register?
Registration starts 2 Jan 2019. All existing scooters must be registered before 1 July 2019. It is an offence to ride an unregistered electric scooter from 1 July 2019.
See this timeline:
Which kind of Personal Mobility Devices (PMD) must be registered?
PMDs with an electric motor AND a handlebar (i.e. electric scooters) must be registered. Electric unicycles, hoverboards, hovershoes and personal mobility aids do not need to register. Pedal-assisted-bicycles (PAB) must also be registered.
How do I register?
You can register in one of 2 ways:
- online at www.onemotoring.com.sg/escooter (when registration opens on 2 Jan 2019)
- in person at Singpost Branch
Some documents are required. See this link for the details.
There is a registration fee of $20 for registration. This fee is waived if the rider registers by 31 March 2019.
What will I get from the registration?
After registration is completed, the rider will receive a LTA Registration Mark that looks like this:
Then you will have 14 calendar days to make an Identification Mark (basically a license plate in the form of a sticker) and get it affixed on your escooter (see below). You will have to look for a supplier on your own to do this for you. From 1 July 2019, it will be an offence to ride a scooter that does not bear these two markings.
Can I register a non-compliant escooter?
No. The official LTA website says that you have to ensure that your device is compliant before you register, and declare it to be so during registration.
The compliant device criteria is:
- Maximum device unladen weight of 20 kg
- Maximum device width of 70 cm
- Maximum device speed of 25km/h
How exactly is maximum device speed determined?
According to the LTA, the maximum speed of a device is determined by lifting the device off the floor and throttling it to the highest speed.
My maximum speed is more than 25km/h, what can I do?
Riders who purchased their escooters before the LTA announced the maximum speed limit may find that their maximum speed exceeds the limit.
If so, you can bring it to the Falcon PEV workshop to have the speed capped before you do the registration. This service is complimentary for customers who have purchased their scooters from Falcon PEV. A fee applies for scooters not purchased from Falcon PEV. Please call before your visit.
What is UL2272?
The UL2272 standard is a fire and electrical system safety standard developed by independent American company Underwriters Laboratories. In Dec 2018, LTA announced that it will adopt this standard as a requirement for electric scooters. From 1 July 2019, retailers in Singapore can only sell UL2272 certified escooters. From 1 Jan 2021, it is an offence to ride a non-UL2272 certified escooter.
Is my escooter UL2272 certified?
At the time of writing, in Singapore, only the Ninebot Segway ES2 is certified. Your scooter is UL2272 certified if it bears one of the following labels.
My scooter is not UL2272 certified, what can I do?
Other than completing the registration which is mandatory for ALL electric scooter riders (regardless of whether the scooter is certified or not), there is nothing else you need to do. Escooters without UL2272 can be used until the end of 2020.
Is it unsafe to use a escooter that is not UL2272 certified?
LTA says the standard is adopted for 'improved' fire safety. This does not immediately suggest that escooters without UL2272 are unsafe, just that the LTA considers those with the standard to be safer. After all, the LTA allows non UL2272 certified scooters to be used until the end of 2020.
If you have purchased an escooter from a reputable source or an international brand, keep in mind that the same scooter is considered safe for use in all other countries. Singapore is the exception when it became the first country in the world to impose the UL2272 standard as a requirement for electric scooters. This standard was originally created for hoverboards.
If you have purchased an OEM, unbranded or low-cost escooter, you will have more to cause for concern and more reason to follow the LTA's advice.
Can I make my escooter UL2272 compliant by changing the battery?
No, the UL2272 standard is required of all the components and parts associated with the electrical operation of the scooter.
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