Electric scooters, electric bikes and unicycles are getting very popular in Singapore. Be it the reason of saving cost from the transportation fare or the extremely affordable E-Bikes one can find from Taobao, more and more commuters are switching to these Portable Electric Vehicles (PEV) from public transports. Portable Electric Vehicles (PEV) are widely seen in walking pathways, roads, park connectors and even CBD areas during peak hours.
Just with 2 ~ 3 hours charge, you can travel at 25km/h up to 35km depending on the model you purchase. Good enough for most of us to travel to work.
Putting together all the known accidents caused by motorists vs accidents caused by commuters riding on PEV, cars or motorcycles are many, many more times dangerous due to the speed they can travel at.
So, the mind boggling questions in everyone’s mind will be.
Question 1 – Electric Scooter vs Electric Bicycle, do they share the same regulations?
Question 2 – Are these Portable Electric Vehicles allowed to be used on public roads?
Electric Scooter vs Electric Bicycle, do they share the same regulations?
In the Singapore Road Traffic Act, these two type of vehicles are categorized differently, as ‘Personal Mobility Device (PMD)’ and ‘Power Assisted Bicycle (PAB)’
Which is which? How do they categorize Electric Scooters, Segway, Unicycles, or Electric Bicycles?
To answer this question, we’ve looked up the Singapore Road Traffic Act (Chapter 276) just to understand the definitions of a ‘PMD’ and ‘PAB’.
Here are what it says.
Personal Mobility Device (PMD) defines as a vehicle that –
(a) is designed to be used by one person
(b) has one or more wheels that operate on a single axis
(c) is propelled by an electric motor attached to the vehicle or by human power or both
(d) does not resemble a motor car or motor cycle, such as (but not limited to) wheelchairs, rollerblades, roller-skates, skateboards, skate-scooters and unicycles but does not include a bicycle, trolley, perambulator, motor car and motor cycle.
Power Assisted Bicycle (PAB) defines a bicycle that —
(a) is equipped with an electric motor; and
(b) is propelled by an electric motor attached to it or by human power, or both.
Do they share the same regulations? Well, not exactly. Each category should have their own rules & guidelines, just like Class 2 & Class 3 vehicles.
Are Personal Mobility Devices or Power Assisted Bicycles allowed to be used on public roads?
Personal Mobility Device
According to article, article and article, believe it or not, PMD is actually prohibited on Singapore’s public roads, pavements and park connectors. “PMD can only be used within private premises such as Sentosa with the consent of the premise owners.”
Despite the fact, many commuters are still riding their PMD wherever they go.
Power Assisted Bicycle
Recently late in 2015, LTA published a set of regulations for electric bicycle commuters to follow when traveling on Singapore’s public roads, pavements and park connectors. So what happens if your PAB doesn’t meet the 11 requirements and got caught by MATA (TP)? Pay fine lor…
WAIT A MINUTE!
Did they just say an electric bicycle, which is bigger and faster vehicle comparing to electric scooter, is permitted while electric scooters are still forbidden? Even a bicycle that is larger and equally fast is allowed!
Feeling disbelief, we decided to investigate and ring up LTA hotline ourselves.
As far as we understand (after the numerous of calls to LTA hotline), there’re NO clear guidelines regards to usage of PMD in Singapore. What was advised were “Not suitable”, “Not allowed”, “Cannot use on public roads, pavements and park connectors.”
When further prompted whether users will receive fines when caught, they got no comments and advised to wait for a new set of LTA regulation that is coming out on the 2nd quarter of 2016. Guess we’ll have to wait till then.
1. Electric Scooter, Segway and Unicycle, aka Portable Mobility Device (PMD), is not Electric Bicycle, aka Personal Assisted Bicycle (PAB) and vice versa.
2. Both of them fall under two different type of categories and will have their own guidelines and regulations.
3. Portable Mobility Device (PMD) is still currently prohibited on Singapore’s public roads, pavements and park connectors, only allowed within private premises such as Sentosa with the consent of the premise owners.
4. Personal Assisted Bicycle (PAB) is allowed on Singapore’s public roads, pavements and park connectors. However, a set of regulations must be followed.
5. New regulations and guidelines on usage of Portable Mobility Device (PMD) may be announced in the 2nd quarter of 2016.
So to those who are still wanting to purchase an E-scooter, Unicycle or Segway from Taobao, #anythingalsocando #don’tgetcaughtcanliao.
Here’re some of the best E-scooter, Unicycle and Segway from Taobao!
Ninebot Self Balancing Segway – S$454.32
Inmotion L6 Electric Scooter – S$681.59
Electric Unicycle Smart Balancing – S$154.55
Wondering why these E-scooters are selling at a lower pricing as compared to the one you see in local store? That’s because you’ll be purchasing the product directly from the country of origin, bypassing the importers, exporters, distributors and retailers.
Do remember this – low price doesn’t always mean low quality.
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