UL2272 Escooters and LTA approval: What you need to know

a man rides an ES2 down the Marina Bay Promenade

As a popular PMD retailer, the most common question we get from customers is: are your electric scooters UL2272 certified and LTA-approved?

In Singapore, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) is the government body responsible for all land transport affairs. Before you buy anything, read on to understand what’s the big deal with LTA-approved personal mobility devices (PMDs) – be it LTA-approved UL2272 escooters or LTA-approved self-balancing hoverboards.

Let’s settle the doubts you have once and for all.

LTA-Approved Escooters: 3 Golden Rules to Remember

You are good to go if the PMD you’re eyeing fulfils all these 3 criteria:

1) Has a maximum width of 70 cm

This width refers to the widest point of your electric scooter. More likely than not, you should be measuring the full width of your escooter handlebars.

The maximum 70 cm width allows escooters and pedestrians to coexist on narrow pavements.

      2) Unladen weight of 20 kg or below

This weight is inclusive of all the accessories – e.g. lights, grips – added onto your electric scooter.

Why 20 kg? If collisions do happen, the risk of serious injuries is greatly reduced as the electric scooter is lighter (meaning lesser impact).

      3) Maximum speed is capped at 25 km/h

This is another measure to avoid causing severe hurt when accidents occur.

The speed limit of devices, be it on cycling paths, shared paths and park connectors, is capped at a standard 25 km/h.

On the other hand, you can only ride at a maximum speed of 15 km/h on footpaths and pavements (as of now). However, bear in mind that this 15 km/h speed limit will be reduced to 10 km/h from early 2019 onwards.

The need for LTA-approved UL2272 escooters

Why is there a need for laws like the Land Transport Enforcement Measures Bill and the Active Mobility Act (AMA)?

It all starts with Singapore’s ultimate goal of becoming an eco-friendly and car-lite nation.

So now, more people are using electric scooters and other mobility devices as an alternative to cars and public transport. For example, a big part of the food delivery world is built on the use of electric scooters.

As the PMD landscape keeps growing, laws are put in place to protect everyone’s safety. Therefore, you are strongly encouraged to keep to LTA’s rules and code of conduct when riding your electric scooter.

lady with Segway-Ninebot ES2 e-scooter

Electric Scooter Do’s

DO:

  • Make your ride safer with the addition of bells, mirrors and lights

Installing a bell helps you to alert other road users of your presence and help prevent collisions. You can even go a step further and add mirrors to your PMD to safeguard your own safety.

By law, electric scooter riders have to have white front light and rear red light on their devices when riding in the dark. This is to ensure that you remain visible to other people at night and prevent accidents from happening.

  • Wear a helmet (strongly recommended)

There’s a reason why you don’t see motorcyclists riding on the road without helmets. It’s because they reduce the impact of collisions and can be the deciding factor between living or dying.

Even though it is not compulsory for e scooter riders to wear a helmet, we still recommend that you put it on for your safety.

We offer helmets in both adult and kid sizes.

  • Check that everything is in good working condition

Nothing sucks more than a flat type or battery after you’ve only been riding for 10 minutes. Worse, discovering that your brakes don’t work the painful way (ie. crashing into someone or something).

Avoid embarrassment (and a ton of inconvenience) by first checking that your electric is in top-notch condition before starting your ride.

  • Attend a FREE safety riding course

The Safe Riding Programme (SRP) is a 90-min practical course open to all PMD riders to learn how to ride safely.

You can get full resources and tips from the free guidebook provided. Moreover, there is a fun training circuit for you to apply the skills you learnt.

This is taught by LTA-approved trainers so you know it is legit.

Electric Scooter Don’ts

DON’T:

  • Don’t modify your electric scooter

It is against the law to modify UL2272 escooters and in the process, make it non-LTA-approved.

In fact, modified electric scooters are likelier to start fires and cause other electrical hazards.

  • Don’t ride on the road
  • Do not ride on public paths at speeds more than 10km/hr
  • Don’t ride on park connectors at speeds more than 25km/hr

Apart from road crossings, all-electric scooters are totally banned from the road. However, that doesn’t mean you are confined to just using your electric scooter on shared pathsfootpaths and the like.

If you choose a foldable, LTA-approved electric scooter wisely and you can bring it into the MRT, LRT and bus. Most importantly, it just has to be small enough (ie. fit into the size criteria of 120 cm x 70 cm x 40 cm).

Our Segway-Ninebot ES2 is one of the few LTA-approved, UL2272-certified electric scooter models. Also, it can be conveniently brought into MRT stations and onto buses.

Best place to buy LTA-approved, UL2272 escooters (don’t say we never jio you).

#DidYouKnow: Segway-Ninebot is one of the few PMD brands in Singapore with LTA-approved devices that also comply with the UL2272 fire safety standards.

Mighty Velo is the Official Distributor & Authorised Repair Centre of Segway-Ninebot. Know that your electric scooter is in good hands as our mechanic team is directly trained by the organisation.

On top of that, we offer your a one-year limited warranty on the electric scooter frame and six months warranty on the e-scooter battery and charger. Order online from us and have the e-scooter delivered right to your doorstep.

Shop from us if you’re looking for an electric scooter or hoverboard that can be used beyond mid-2020.

Register the electric scooter online at www.onemotoring.com.sg and then order the LTA identification sticker online at www.OhMyBike.com, fuss-free!

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UL2272 Escooters and LTA approval: What you need to know
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All you need to know about UL2272-certified LTA approved escooters, how to register the scooter and order the LTA identification sticker online.
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