Electric bicycle users in Singapore will have to start registering their vehicles

On August 14th, Singapore’s LTA (Land Transport Authority) will begin with a compulsory registration of power-assisted bicycles.

Some think that the announcement contradicts the recent trend promoting active mobility and the government’s plan to build an extensive cycling network.

In 2016, the local Active Mobility Panel stated that registration would help to enforce the laws on dangerous driving and put an end to illegal modification of the power outputs on electric bikes.

Singaporeans will have until the end of January 2018 to register their electric two-wheelers and install a number plate. Those who fail to do it and decide to use the bikes nonetheless will be facing fines of up to $2,000 and up to three months in jail for the first offense.

Those that obtain the ‘orange seal of approval’ before the August 14th will obtain a $50 registration fee voucher, valid until November 30. The seal shows that the vehicle has passed the necessary technical requirements. Registration can be made online or at your local SingPost branch. E-bike owners must also be at least 16 years old.

Channel News Asia first reported this story.

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