LTA revises e-Bike Rules from 1st December 2015

e-Bikes users or enthusiasts, please take note. LTA is revising the rules for e-Bikes on Singapore road and you may not like it. However, I think that this is actually a good direction to ensure the safety of e-Bikers, road users and pedestrians.

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So, what are the changes? Check out this table (from CNA).

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To summarize, the rules become more stringent and complying to European Standard  (except for the start-up assistance mode which Singapore will NOT adopt). Suppliers of e-Bikes will need to submit the relevant certification or documents to get the approval.

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So, if you are thinking of buying an e-Bike, please ensure that it meets the future specs from LTA.

Technical Requirements

LTA has revised the technical requirements for power-assisted bicycles (PABs) to make such bicycles safer for the cyclists and other road users.

From 1 February 2016, only PABs that meet the following revised requirements will be approved and treated like conventional bicycles and exempted from registration with LTA:

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.

I think the scary part about the revision is that there will be heavier fines for people who are currently riding these PABs that are non-compliant to the current LTA regulations. I suspect, from 1st of December, there will be a lot more LTA officers on the road looking out for these e-bikers.

To stem this trend, with immediate effect, the composition fine for first-time offenders will be raised to S$300, up from the current S$100. Subsequent offences will attract composition sums of S$500, up from the current S$200.

Click Here for More Information from CNA

What do you think about the new rules and regulations on e-Bikes in Singapore? Agree or Disagree?

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