Public should use active mobility devices that meet specifications

Media Replies 24 Feb 2023 Active Mobility Devices (AMDs) Personal Mobility Devices (PMDs)

              We refer to Mr Luo’s letter on 13 Feb (“Regulate substandard batteries for PMDs”).

2            Fires involving Active Mobility Devices (AMDs) such as motorised Personal Mobility Devices (PMDs) or Power-Assisted Bicycles (PABs) are typically caused by an electrical anomaly to their circuitry or battery. This could be a result of physical damage, overcharging, using an incompatible charger/battery, or modifications to the device.

3            LTA imposes regulatory requirements on such devices. They must meet UL2272 standards (for motorised PMDs) and EN15194 (for PABs). These standards require the devices to pass a series of tests including the safety of their electrical systems. Only those which are compliant with the standards are allowed to be imported into Singapore and used by the public. In addition, e-scooters are required to be registered and inspected periodically, also to ensure that they have not been illegally modified. 

4            Regular enforcement is carried out against errant users and retailers.  Around 1,000 non-compliant AMDs were seized last year. Those found using non-compliant AMDs may be fined up to $10,000 and/or face imprisonment for up to 6 months.  A repeat offender may be fined up to $20,000 and/or imprisoned for up to 12 months.

5            Notwithstanding a drop in AMD-related fires by about a third, from 63 cases in 2021 to 42 in 2022, more cases of AMDs catching fire at the common areas of HDB residential blocks have occurred, with 12 such cases in 2022. We would like to remind owners that placing their AMDs at common areas such as corridors and escape staircases can pose fire risks, as they obstruct the escape path for residents during an emergency. Under the Town Councils’ by-laws, they may take enforcement action against such fire safety violations, including issuing notices of offence, or removing or detaining the devices. Upon conviction, errant residents may be fined up to $5,000. 

6            The Active Mobility Fire Safety Taskforce co-chaired by LTA and SCDF will press on with efforts to raise public awareness of the dangers of using non-compliant devices, proper usage, and safety tips, as well as how to dispose of PMDs and PABs properly. The public can find out more, including safe charging practices, on  

7            Everyone has a role to play in keeping our homes and neighbourhoods safe from fires. We urge device owners to do their part and ensure that they only use devices which are compliant with regulations, for their own safety as well as their family and the community.  Residents who detect fire hazards can report it to their respective TCs, Management Corporations, or to the SCDF via the myResponder app. 


Co-chairmen of Active Mobility Fire Safety Taskforce 
Alvin Chia, Group Director, Vehicle Services Group,
Land Transport Authority 
Assistant Commissioner Michael Chua, Director of Operations, SCDF

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