Making Walk Cycle Ride SG a reality goes beyond infrastructure. All of us need to look out for each other to get around safely. To that end, the Active Mobility Act (AMA) was put in place.
The AMA contains a set of rules and code of conduct for cyclists, and riders of personal mobility devices (PMDs), power-assisted bicycles (PABs), and personal mobility aids (PMAs) to ensure safer journeys for all on public paths. It also provides LTA with legislative and enforcement powers to regulate the sale of these devices. Read on to learn more.
Know where you can ride your bicycle, PMD, PAB or PMA for the safety of yourself and others. You may face penalties if caught riding your device on the wrong path or road.
1All e-scooters and PABs must be registered with LTA.
2The maximum device speed for motorised PMAs is 10km/h.
All bicycles, PMDs and PABs have to meet the device criteria of maximum weight of 20kg, maximum width of 70cm and maximum capped speed of 25km/h before they can be used on public paths. Failure to comply with the device criteria will result in a fine of up to $5,000 and/or 3 months jail term for a first-time offence.
Mandatory registration for power-assisted bicycles
Power-assisted bicycles (PABs) must be sealed with the LTA approval seal, registered and affixed with a registration plate. For details on how to register your PAB, visit www.onemotoring.com.sg/PAB.
Mandatory registration for e-scooters
Owners of e-scooters may register their devices on the OneMotoring website, or at any Post Office. Registration is compulsory and from 1 July 2019, it will be an offence to ride an unregistered e-scooter on public paths.
Register your e-scooter by 31 March 2019 to enjoy a waiver of the $20 registration fee. For more details, visit www.onemotoring.com.sg/escooter.
Adoption of UL2272 standard for all motorised PMDs from 1 January 2021
There has been a sharp increase in the number of fires caused by motorised PMDs over the past few years. To minimise fire incidents and improve public safety, LTA is adopting the UL2272 standard for fire and electrical safety for all PMDs from 1 January 2021. Non-UL2272 certified e-scooters purchased after 30 June 2019 cannot be registered or transferred.
Non-UL2272 certified e-scooters purchased on or before 30 June 2019 may be registered and used on public paths until 31 Dec 2020, after which they will be automatically de-registered and may no longer be used on public paths.
Before purchasing a motorised PMD, you are strongly encouraged to check that the device carries the certification mark that shows that it is UL2272 certified. View this list to find out more about UL2272 certified PMDs.
To accord more rider responsibility and ensure the safety of pedestrians and other users on public paths, the following rules below have to be observed when riding on footpaths and shared paths. Go to the full list of rules under the Active Mobility Act for more information.
All users of active mobility devices are also encouraged to follow this set of code of conduct to share public paths safely and harmoniously with others.
- Watch your speed and go slow around others.
- Check that your lights, brakes and tyres are in good working condition before setting off.
- Check the height of your handlebars and seat on the bicycle to ensure that you have full control of the device when coming to a sudden stop in an emergency.
- Keep both hands on the handlebars. Signal your attention to change course or make a turn ahead of time.
- Ride on bicycle crossings when available.
- Keep a safe distance from other path users especially when overtaking to avoid collision.
- Avoid projecting your device lights into the face of another device rider or of a pedestrian when riding.
- Keep left on paths unless when overtaking.
- Slow down when approaching bus stops and/or intersections of public paths.
- Walk your device in crowded areas.
- Gently alert others before overtaking.
- Always give way to pedestrians.
- Ride on shared paths when available.
- Park your devices at designated parking places such as bicycle racks and yellow boxes.
Read the full code of conduct for cycling and riding PMDs on public paths under the Active Mobility Act.