Island-wide Sting Operation Against Errant PMD and PAB Retailers

News Releases 14 Aug 2018 sting operations Personal Mobility Devices (PMDs) Power-Assisted Bicycles (PABs)

    A total of 18 personal mobility devices (PMDs) and 2 power-assisted bicycles (PABs) were seized in an island-wide sting operation by the Land Transport Authority (LTA) and Traffic Police (TP) from 17 July to 2 August 2018 on 18 retailers of PMDs and PABs. (Please refer to Annex A for photographs of the impounded devices.)

2.  Enforcement blitzes against errant retailers will help to tackle the issue of non-compliant devices upstream. Under the Active Mobility Act (AMA) and the Road Traffic Act (RTA), only devices that comply with prescribed device criteria for PMDs and PABs can be used on public paths and roads.

3.  Five retailers were found either displaying or advertising non-compliant devices[1]. Under the AMA and RTA, it is an offence for a retailer to display or advertise non-compliant devices. First-time offenders can be fined up to $1,000 and/or face imprisonment of up to three months. It is also an offence for a retailer to sell non-compliant devices or modify any device belonging to a customer to a non-compliant state for use on public paths or roads. First time offenders can be fined up to $5,000 and/or face imprisonment of up to three months.

4.  Five retailers were also caught for failing to display LTA’s prescribed warning notice. Retailers of PMDs and PABs are required to display warning notices on their premises stating, among other things, the technical criteria for different devices and where they are allowed to be used (please refer to Annex B for a copy of LTA’s warning notice). First time offenders can be fined up to $1,000 and/or face imprisonment of up to three months.

5.  LTA will continue to actively enforce against errant retailers. Members of the public are also advised to exercise caution and ensure they only purchase compliant devices if they wish to use the devices on public paths or roads.


Annex A: Photographs of the impounded devices
Annex B: A copy of LTA’s warning notice

 

 


[1] Non-compliant PMDs are devices that exceed 20kg in unladen weight, 70cm in width, and 25km/h in device speed if motorised. Non-compliant PABs are devices that do not fulfil the PAB technical requirements.

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