E-Scooter And Motorised Bicycle Riders: Offences, Fine Amount And Jail Term
 
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E-Scooter And Motorised Bicycle Riders: Offences, Fine Amount And Jail Term

Ming Feng
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If you are a fan of a genre of music called Manyao, we got a piece of good news for you!

You can now enjoy your non-stop Manyao hits for FREE! Simply station yourself near e-scooter populated areas to enjoy this special privilege…

Ah Beng e-scooter blasting manyao
Source: sgag

E-Scooter Related Accidents In Singapore

Singaporeans finally had enough with the inconsiderate PMD and E-Scooter riders in Singapore.

A petition calling for the ban of PMD/e-bike in Singapore gathered 72,567 signatures and all these are not without a reason.

Here are some E-Scooter related accidents by irresponsible e-scooter riders:

  • 9 June 2018: 37-year-old jogger suffered bleeding on the brain after a powered-assisted bicycle collided into him.
  • 20 April 2019: E-scooter rider hit a child along the walkway of Orchard Shopping Centre
  • 23 September 2019: A 65-year-old woman in coma after colliding with an e-scooter while riding home on her bicycle.

Compilation Of Fines And Penalties For Bicycle, E-scooter, PMD, PAB Or PMA Offences In Singapore

penalties and fines for bicycle, e-scooters, pmd, pab, pma offences

For riding on public roads and paths, here are some of the rules and regulations to abide by.

Type of OffenceFine AmountPossible Jail Term
Riding of E-scooter on footpathsUp to $2,0003 Months
Failing to stop and lookout for oncoming traffic before riding across the roadUp to $1,000 3 Months
Failing to stop, offer help, exchange particulars and make police report after you are involved in an accidentUp to $3,00012 Months
Failing to abide by the "No Riding" signUp to $1,0003 Months
Failure to meet the device criteria set for public useUp to $5,0003 Months

Starting from 5 November 2019, Electric scooters (E-scooters) will be banned from footpaths in Singapore. This ban will be strictly enforced from the year 2020 onwards. E-scooter offenders will be slapped with a fine of up to $2,000 or even 3 months of jail time.

We regret to inform you that e-scooter riders forcing their favourite tunes on you is NOT a crime in the eyes of the law. Although it’s really a crime against our ears…

Compilation Of Fines And Penalties For Offences Related To Cycling On Singapore Roads

For cycling enthusiasts, there is also a set of rules and regulations to follow if you wish to avoid getting fined or going to jail for.

Type of OffenceFine AmountPossible Jail Term
Not wearing helmet when cycling on roadsUp to $1,000 3 Months
Failing to obey all traffic signalsUp to $1,0003 Months
Travelling in the same direction as the flow of trafficUp to $1,0003 Months
Failure to cycle in a single file on single-lane roads and during bus lane operational hoursUp to $1,0003 Months
Failing to switch on front white light and rear red light when cycling in the darkUp to $1,0003 Months

Riding Your E-scooter Without Breaking The Law

The Land Transport Authority (LTA) implemented the Active Mobility Act (AMA) in 2017, where they introduced rules and regulations which govern riders of:

  • Bicycles
  • Personal Mobility Devices (PMDs)
  • Power-Assisted Bicycles (PABs)
  • Personal Mobility Aids (PMAs)
Type of devicesExample of devices
Power-Assisted Bicycle (PAB)Electric Bicycle
E-bike
Personal Mobility Device (PMD)Kick Scooters
Electric Scooters
Unicycles
Hoverboards
Personal Mobility Aid (PMA)Motorised Wheelchairs
Mobility Scooters

Do note that it is a MUST for riders to register their PABs and E-scooters.

You can do so by heading over to the OneMotoring website or by registering at any post office near you.

Maximum Weight, Measurement And Speed Limit Of My E-scooters, Power-Assisted Bicycles Etc.

For the safety of the public, there is actually a set of criteria which will determine if your e-scooters or power-assisted bicycles are legal for use in public.

Here are some guidelines which owners of bicycles, PMDs, and PABs should abide by:

CriteriaSpecification
Maximum Weight20kg
Maximum Width

(Handle to handle)
70cm
Maximum motorised speed25km/h

What Are The Speed Limits And Where Can I Use My Bicycle And E-scooter?

WhereSpeed Limit
Shared Paths25km/h
Footpaths10km/h
RoadsWithin the speed limit on road
  • Do note that the maximum speed limit of Personal Mobility Aid (PMAs) is 10km/h

What Is UL2272 Fire Safety Standard

From January 2021, your E-scooter and PMDs will have to be UL2272 certified.

If your current motorised PMDs are not UL2272 certified, you can still carry on with your normal usage of the PMD till the end of 2020 before the new initiative kicks in.

My advice? Just get an e-scooter that is UL2272 certified. It’ll save you a lot of hassle in the future.


Further Reading: What Happens If You Run Into An LTA Authorised Officer?

If you are unlucky enough to encounter an LTA-authorised officer while riding on your Bicycle, E-scooter, PMD, PAB, Or PMA, which does not conform to the AMA… Here’s what the officer is allowed to do:

  • Move your stationary vehicle away if it is causing inconvenience to the public
  • Cutting or breaking open any lock to move your stationary vehicle if it is causing inconvenience to the public
  • Examine the vehicle to ensure that it complies to the weight, width and speed limit.
  • Ask for more information of the rider
  • Stop and arrest any individual who is breaking the law
  • Seize the vehicle if the vehicle is in connection to an offence or does not comply with the requirements
  • Issue a ticket should an individual commits any offence

In Singapore, we have a saying, “do what you want, just don’t get caught!”

But in this case, LTA’s eyes are everywhere! So paying thousands of dollars in fines for your e-scooter ride is definitely not worth it!

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