Have you seen this floating around on your Facebook feed?
Announced on 2nd August 2017 by the Land Transport Authority (LTA), all power-assisted bicycles (PABs) need to be registered by 31 January 2018.
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 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:
PABs that meet these revised specifications from 1st February 2016 will be affixed with an orange seal; while PABs inspected before that were affixed with a blue seal.
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 and registration deadline
Users have to be at least 16 years old to register their PABs.
Registration started on 14th August 2017 and all existing PABs have to be registered by 31st January 2018. This is especially important for PABs which have a blue seal because only PABs with an orange seal can be registered from 1st February 2018 onwards.
Anyone caught riding an unregistered PAB after 31st January 2018 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. Early birds who register by 30th November 2017 will have the fee waived.
Who doesn’t like a good bargain? That’s enough to pay for half your groceries or the cost of a date night.
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