Traffic Police and the Land Transport Authority (LTA) conducted a joint operation targeting motorised bicycles from 12 October to 23 October 2009.
2 The two-week operation was conducted at various locations including Geylang, Balestier, Boon Keng, Kallang, Serangoon, Eunos, Jurong and Changi. A total of 310 summonses were issued to errant cyclists, particularly those found using unapproved motorised bicycles or not wearing suitable protective bicycle helmets.
3 We would like to remind the public that it is an offence to ride a motorised bicycle that is not approved by the LTA. For approved motorised bicycles, riders must also adhere to the rules, which include wearing suitable protective bicycle helmets and requiring both rider and pillion rider to be aged 16 and above.
4. Cyclists using motorised bicycles, like any other vehicles plying the roads, must ride in a responsible manner and with due care and consideration for other road users. They must always abide by the road traffic rules.
5 The authorities would also like to warn shop owners against selling unapproved motorised bicycles to the public for usage on the roads. Likewise, the public should not purchase unapproved motorised bicycles from such shops.
6 Commander of Traffic Police, Deputy Assistant Commissioner of Police Christopher Ng said, "We will not hesitate to take action against errant cyclists who endanger the lives of other road users."
7 LTA's Group Director of Vehicle & Transit Licensing Mr Jeremy Yap added, "The LTA and the Traffic Police have in place safety requirements for motorised bicycles and their riders. Cyclists are reminded to ensure that these safety requirements are complied with and to be aware of these requirements before they purchase these bicycles."
About Motorised Bicycles
Riders of motorised bicycles must comply with the following requirements:
The construction of a motorised bicycle must be similar to that of a conventional pedal bicycle;
It must be powered by an electric source i.e. not petrol driven;
Its motor's maximum power output must not exceed 200 watts;
The electric motor can only cut in when the rider starts to pedal; and
The electric motor must cut off when the bicycle reaches a speed of 25 km/hr or when the rider stops pedalling. This speed is comparable to the average speed of a moderately fit adult pedalling a conventional bicycle on level ground;
The rider of the motorised bicycle must be at least 16 years old;
The rider must wear a suitable protective bicycle helmet securely.
Riders using a non-compliant motorised bicycle on public roads, without the LTA seal affixed or do not comply with the rider requirements, are liable to a fine of up to $1,000 or a jail term of up to three months for the first offence. For subsequent offences, an errant rider is liable to a fine of up to $2,000 or a jail term of up to six months.
Members of the public who wish to purchase a motorised bicycle are encouraged to call the LTA hotline at 1800-CALL LTA (2255 582) if they are unsure about the required technical specifications.