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. If your e-scooter is not certified to the UL2272 standard, you can only register it if it was bought before 1 July 2019. However, it will be automatically deregistered on 1 January 2021, when all non-UL2272 certied PMDs cannot be used on public paths.
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.
UL2272 fire safety standard for motorised personal mobility devices
The UL2272 standard improves safety against fire and electrical hazards significantly. The devices are required to pass a stringent set of tests conducted by accredited testing centres under extreme physical conditions to obtain the safety cerification. For more information on the UL2272 standard, click here.
If you own a non-UL2272 certified motorised PMD, you are strongly encouraged to switch to a model that is certified to the UL2272 standard as soon as possible, for the safety of yourself and those around you. View this list as a guide to the current UL2272 certified PMDs in the market.
From 1 July 2020, all non-UL2272 certified motorised PMDs will be disallowed on public paths. As such, non-UL2272 certified e-scooters that have been registered will be automatically de-registered on that date.
A mandatory inspection regime for registered e-scooters will be introduced from 1 April 2020, and all e-scooters which were earlier registered and self-declared UL2272-certified will be scheduled for inspections. All new e-scooters will also have to pass inspections for UL2272 certification and width, weight, and device speed before they can be registered with LTA.
Non-UL2272 certified PMDs pose a fire risk and all non-UL2272 devices should be properly and safely disposed of. LTA is working with NEA to set up designated collection or recycling points for safe and convenient disposal of non-UL2272 certified devices, and more details will be announced in due course. In the meanwhile, those who wish to dispose or recycle their non-UL2272 certified devices can bring their devices to any of the recyclers listed here. The disposal of non-UL2272 certified devices are not allowed at public places, including NEA’s blue recycling bins.
Mandatory registration for e-scooters and power-assisted bicycles
Own an e-scooter or a power-assisted bicycle? Do note that there is mandatory registration for these devices.
Owners of e-scooters have to register their devices at www.onemotoring.com.sg/escooter before using them. From 1 July 2019, it is an offence to ride an unregistered e-scooter on public paths.
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.
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. When parking your PMD, be sure to secure it to a bicycle bay to prevent it from being stolen. Check out the locking tips from Singapore Police Force here.
Read the full code of conduct for cycling and riding PMDs on public paths under the Active Mobility Act.