SG: Stricter penalties for altered power-assisted bicycles

Posted by Low Jek Ray
17 Dec 2015
SG: Stricter penalties for altered power-assisted bicycles

Power-assisted bicycles have become the go-to low-cost personal transport for many who commute short distances daily. With their increasing prevalence, comes a whole host of issues, which range from minor technical infringements, to potentially injuring pedestrians on the pavement. As such, the LTA has decided to tighten the technical requirements for power-assisted bicycles (PABs) and impose stricter penalties for those who sell and use non-compliant PABs.

Existing regulations say that PABs for sale must be similar to that of a conventional bicycle and they can only be powered by an electric source, which can only cut in when the rider starts to pedal.

However, with effect from December of 2015, PABs must not weigh more than 20 kgs, and need to undergo more rigorous tests to ensure their roadworthiness. In addition, models which comply with the standard are harder to illegally modify.

Retailers may submit applications for type approval of PAB models that meet these tighter technical requirements. Applications can be made to the LTA-authorised vehicle inspection centres and these PABs will be affixed with an orange seal for use on public roads

This comes after the rapid increase in the number of offences involving the use or sale of non-compliant PABs. Only 11 notices issued in 2008, as compared to the 1,280 between January and October this year. To deter potential offenders, the LTA will increase the penalties against users of non-compliant PABs. First time offenders will be fined $300, up 300% compared to the current $100, with subsequent offences attracting composition sums of $500, up from the current $200. Repeat offenders may also be charged in court and have their PABs seized. Retailers found selling non-compliant PABs, or modifying PABs illegally, will continue to be charged in court. 

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