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E-bike owners must register and install number plates

E-bike owners must register and install number plates
Registration for electric bicycles kicks off on August 14. Users caught riding an unregistered e-bike on public roads and paths can be fined up to S$2,000 or jailed a maximum of three months, or both for a first offence. TODAY file photo
Published: 12:35 PM, August 2, 2017
Updated: 11:55 PM, August 2, 2017

SINGAPORE — Electric bicycle owners will have to register their vehicles between Aug 14 and Jan 31, 2018 and install number plates, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) announced on Wednesday (Aug 2).

After registering, owners will have three days to attach a number plate with the assigned registration number on the back of their bikes. 

The plates must feature black characters against a yellow background or white characters against a black background, the authority stipulated.

E-bicycles with a valid blue or orange LTA seal can be registered at www.onemotoring.com.sg using one’s SingPass, CorpPass or Easy account, or at any SingPost branch. The S$50 registration fee will be waived for e-bikes that obtain seals before Aug 14 and that are registered by Nov 30.

E-bikes without an LTA seal must be sent to the authority’s authorised centres — Vicom Inspection Centres at Sin Ming, Bukit Batok or Kaki Bukit, and STA Inspection Centres at Sin Ming and Boon Lay — for inspection, approval and the seal to be affixed.

Only e-bikes that meet the latest technical requirements set by the authorities will receive an orange LTA seal. Owners can register their e-bikes at the same time by paying the S$50 registration fee, alongside other charges for affixing the LTA seal.

From Feb 1 next year, only e-bikes with the orange LTA seal can be registered. Vehicles with the blue LTA seal (approved under old technical requirements) cannot be registered.

Users caught riding an unregistered e-bike on public roads and paths can be fined up to S$2,000 and jailed for up to three months for a first offence. Users of e-bikes without a valid number plate can be fined up to S$1,000 and jailed up to three months on first conviction.

“The registration of power-assisted bicycles aims to enhance enforcement against reckless riding and the use of non-compliant (bicycles),” the LTA said. “This will improve the safety of other path and road users, in particular pedestrians.”

In January, then-Senior Minister of State for Transport Josephine Teo announced the need for e-bike registration in Parliament, following a series of fatal e-bike accidents.

Under the mandatory e-bike registration scheme, owners who sell their vehicles must transfer the registration within seven days of handing over the e-bike via www.onemotoring.com.sg. A fee of S$11 is applicable.

Users or retailers of non-compliant e-bikes may be fined up to S$5,000 and jailed up to three months, for their first offence. The e-bike could also be seized.