Come 31 January 2018, all Power-Assisted Bicycles (PAB) will have to be registered with the Land Transport Authority (LTA). Upon successful registration, LTA will affix the approved bike with an orange seal. This move comes in the wake of a spate of accidents caused by E-bikes and E-scooters that have left a few people dead since 2016. It is also the LTA’s move to improve the safety of path and road users from such accidents.
(Click here for a report on an accident caused by 2 boys on an E-bike. Note how the car owner had to cover the costs of repairs to his vehicle himself. Thankfully, the boys got off with minor injuries.)
A PAB, also known as an e-bike, has all the functions and features of a normal bicycle. Its only difference is the electric motor it is equipped with to assist the rider in pedaling.
To meet LTA’s safety requirements and approval, all PABs must meet the following criteria:
- It must not exceed 20kg in (unladen) weight;
- The PAB must comply with the EN15194 European Standard;
- The maximum speed shall not exceed 25km/h;
- Motor power cuts in only when rider starts to pedal forward and motor must stop when the rider stops pedalling;
- You may click on this link to read the entire list of specifications.
Registrations have started on 14th August 2017 and all PABs must be officially affixed with LTA’s orange seal by 31 January 2018. Failure to do so may result in fines up to $2000, a jail term up to three months, or both.
To register, kindly read this article.
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