Only low-powered, LTA-approved e-bikes allowed on public roads

We thank Mr Edwin Pang for his feedback ("Take firm action against modified e-bike users, shops"; Oct 12).

The Land Transport Authority (LTA) takes a serious view of the use of unapproved or illegally modified motorised bicycles on public roads. For safety reasons, only low-powered models of motorised bicycles approved by the LTA and affixed with an LTA seal are allowed for use on public roads. Motorised bicycles must not be used on footpaths.

The penalties for using or selling an unapproved or illegally modified motorised bicycle are stiff.

Anyone found using or keeping an unapproved motorised bicycle may be charged in court and, upon conviction, be fined up to $1,000 or jailed up to three months for the first offence. For subsequent offences, the offender may be fined up to $2,000 or jailed up to six months upon conviction.

For using or selling an illegally modified motorised bicycle or illegally modifying it, an offender may be fined up to $2,000 or

jailed up to three months upon conviction for the first offence. For subsequent offences, the offender may be fined up to $5,000 or jailed up to six months upon conviction.

LTA enforcement officers conduct checks for illegal motorised bicycles during their daily patrols and targeted enforcement in hot spots. We will step up enforcement on errant users and sellers of illegal or illegally modified motorised bicycles.

Members of the public who often spot illegally modified motorised bicycles at certain areas may alert LTA via 1800-CALL-LTA or feedback@lta.gov.sg

Alison Tan (Ms)
Registrar of Vehicles
Land Transport Authority

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 26, 2015, with the headline 'Only low-powered, LTA-approved e-bikes allowed on public roads'. Print Edition | Subscribe