To improve the safety of other road users, including pedestrians, PABs that are used on public roads or cycling/shared paths must be type-approved, sealed and registered. The registration of PABs will also enhance Land Transport Authority’s enforcement against the use of non-compliant PABs.
It is the latest in LTA’s efforts to improve the safety of path and road users, particularly pedestrians, as registration aids in enforcement against reckless riding and the use of non-compliant power-assisted bicycles.
A Power-Assisted Bicycle (PAB), also commonly known as an e-bike, looks like a conventional bicycle, except that it is equipped with an electric motor to assist in pedalling.
To ensure safety, there are some technical specifications that PABs must meet:
Only PABs that meet the following revised requirements will be approved and sealed:
- The construction of a PAB must be similar to that of a conventional bicycle;
- The PAB can only be powered by an electric source;
- The PAB must comply with European Standard, EN15194, for electric power assisted cycles;
- The maximum continuous power output of the PAB must not exceed 250 watts;
- The motor power of the PAB can only cut in when the rider starts to pedal;
- The motor power of the PAB must be progressively reduced and finally cut off as the bicycle reaches 25km/h, or sooner, if the cyclist stops pedalling;
- The maximum weight of the PAB must not exceed 20kg.
If you are using an e-bike or know someone who does, Move Happy gets you up to speed with three things you need to know about the registration exercise for LTA-approved PABs.
1. Minimum age to register
Users have to be at least 16 years old to register their PABs.
Anyone caught riding an unregistered PAB can be fined up to $2,000, given a jail term of up to three months, or both. The PAB may also be seized.
2. How to register (For free)
The keyword here is: convenience. Just like how you can get your groceries from Redmart in the blink of an eye, registration has been made easy because it’s just a click away. Simply log in to e-services on the One.Motoring website with your SingPass/CorpPass/EASY.
Alternatively, you can also head to any Singpost branch to register your PAB and the good news is, the nearest outlet is usually a hop, skip, and a jump away from your home or office.
Remember to bring your identification (NRIC, FIN or ACRA), PAB seal number and $50 for the registration fee.
3. Affixing the number plate
Once you’ve registered your PAB, head to a signcraft shop to affix a number plate at the rear of the PAB within three days.
In just two simple steps – inspection and registration – PAB users can now contribute to a safer riding experience in Singapore.
For more information on registration of PABs, visit www.onemotoring.com.sg > Information & Guidelines > Buy A New Vehicle > Power-Assisted Bicycles
This article is contributed by Move Happy – an initiative by the Land Transport Authority.
Author: Move Happy
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