From April 2020 onwards, LTA will introduce a mandatory inspection requirement for registered e-scooters, to ensure that these devices comply with the device criteria for use on public paths.
The e-scooter inspection regime will affect two key groups:
1) Owners of e-scooters registered before 1 April 2020 and declared to be compliant with the device criteria of weight, width, speed and UL2272 certification;
2) Retailers of e-scooters and persons letting e-scooters for lease and/or hire
For Existing Registered E-Scooters
LTA will schedule mandatory inspections for e-scooters registered before 1 April 2020 and were declared as compliant to the device criteria of no more than 20kg, 70cm and 25km/h device speed, as well as UL2272-certified. This first-time inspection will be at no cost to these owners. Owners of these devices will receive a notice from LTA informing them to bring their devices in for inspection at any of the nine E-scooter Inspection Centres (EICs) island-wide. Click here (PDF, 16kb) to see a list of the locations of the inspection centres.
Those who fail to send their devices for inspection by the stipulated deadline stated in the notice could have their devices deregistered and face a fine of up to $1,000 and/or jailed up to three months, if convicted.
All e-scooters delcared to be non UL2272-certified, including those found to be erroneously declared as certified to the UL2272 standard, will be automatically deregistered on 1 July 2020, which is the deadline for compliance for use on cycling paths. E-scooters that are certified to the UL2272 standard but do not comply with either of the weight, width and device speed requirements during inspection will have their registration cancelled by LTA.
Registered e-scooters will be called up for inspections every two years to ensure that the device remain compliant and are not illegally modified.
For E-scooters to be Registered On or After 1 April 2020
From April 2020, all new e-scooters will be required to pass through inspection at one of the nine EICs before they can be registered for use on cycling paths. Retailers/businesses will only be able to display, advertise, sell or let for hire e-scooters that are inspected and certified.
It is an offence to ride an unregistered e-scooter on cycling path. First-time offenders can be subject to a fine of $2,000 and/or imprisonment of up to three months.
It is also an offence to use non-compliant e-scooters on public paths and first-time offenders may face a fine $5,000 and/or imprisonment of up to three months.
For more information on inspection and registration of new device(s), please refer to the comprehensive guide here.