Electric bicycles must comply with LTA rules

Road Announcements 12 Sep 2014

We refer to Mr Chng Guan Poh’s and Mr Soh Ah Yuen’s letters, “Govt should look into dangers of modified electric bicycles” (Sept 3) and “Some electric bicycles not authorised for use in public spaces” (Sept 5).

The Land Transport Authority (LTA) takes a serious view of the use of unapproved motorised bicycles.

For the safety of cyclists and other road users, only low-powered models approved by the LTA and affixed with an LTA seal are allowed for use. The electric motor can cut in only when the rider starts to pedal, and it must cut off when the bicycle reaches a speed of 25kmh or when the pedalling stops.

Motorised bicycles are permitted for use only on public roads, and should not be used on pedestrian pavements. Anyone found using or keeping an unapproved motorised bicycle may be charged in court and, upon conviction, be subject to a fine of up to S$1,000 or three months’ imprisonment.

For modifying a motorised bicycle illegally, the person found liable would be subject to a fine of S$2,000 or three months’ imprisonment upon conviction.

Before buying a motorised bicycle, members of the public are encouraged to visit the one.motoring website to learn more about the technical requirements.

We thank Mr Chng and Mr Soh for their feedback.

Helen Lim (Ms)
Director, Media Relations
Land Transport Authority

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