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Owners of unregistered or non-compliant e-bikes to face fines, jail terms from Feb 1

SINGAPORE — E-bike owners who have not registered their vehicles or continue to use non-compliant bikes could face hefty fines and jail sentences from Thursday (Feb 1), when new regulations kick in.

E-bike owners who have not registered their vehicles or continue to use non-compliant bikes could face hefty fines and jail sentences from Thursday (Feb 1). Photo: LTA

E-bike owners who have not registered their vehicles or continue to use non-compliant bikes could face hefty fines and jail sentences from Thursday (Feb 1). Photo: LTA

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SINGAPORE — E-bike owners who have not registered their vehicles or continue to use non-compliant bikes could face hefty fines and jail sentences from Thursday (Feb 1), when new regulations kick in.

The grace period for mandatory registration of all e-bikes, first announced in August last year, lapsed on Wednesday (Jan 31). From Thursday, only e-bikes with an orange seal - meaning they meet the latest technical requirements set by the authorities - can be registered.

Owners of e-bikes with a blue seal (approved under old technical requirements) will no longer be able to register their vehicles from Thursday. Those who did not register during the grace period - from Aug 14 2017 to Jan 31 this year - will also not be allowed to use their e-bikes anymore.

Under the new regulations, those who keep or use a power-assisted bicycle (PAB) on public roads and paths must have registered the vehicle with the Land Transport Authority (LTA). Their vehicles must also sport a valid seal and license plate.

Those caught keeping or riding an unregistered e-bike 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.

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.

Owners who sell their vehicles must transfer the registration within seven days of handing over the e-bike. A fee of S$11 is applicable.

“We take a serious view on errant riding behaviour,” LTA said in a Facebook post on Wednesday reminding PAB users of the imminent new rules.

Enforcement officers from the LTA impounded the two e-bikes at Bedok Town Centre on Tuesday (Jan 30) night. Photo: LTA

LTA conducted checks at Bedok Town Centre on Tuesday night, during which its officers impounded two PABs which did not have a valid LTA seal, and had been “illegally modified with a throttle”.

The respective PAB owners are assisting the officers with their investigations, LTA added without giving further details.

Then-Senior Minister of State for Transport Josephine Teo announced the need for e-bike registration last January, following a series of fatal e-bike accidents.

With the new regulations coming into force, those who purchase a new e-bike must register their vehicle immediately at www.onemotoring.com.sg.

Following the registration, 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.

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