3 electric bicycle retailers charged for selling vehicles with illegal speed modifications

A rider on an e-bike, with a throttle.
A rider on an e-bike, with a throttle. PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - Three electric bicycle retailers have been charged for selling and supplying illegally modified vehicles, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) said on Friday (Oct 7).

During regular checks, the LTA found that the errant retailers were selling motorised bicycles that had been modified with throttles that let the vehicles reach speeds of greater than 35kmh without pedalling.

They were charged on Sept 1 and their cases will be heard again on Nov 1.

Current regulations stipulate that the electric motor of these bicycles must cut out when the bicycle reaches a speed of 25kmh or when the rider is not pedalling.

Selling non-compliant motorised bicycles or illegally modifying them is an offence under the Road Traffic Act.

It carries a maximum penalty of a $2,000 fine or three months in jail for the first offence. Repeat offenders may be fined up to $5,000 or jailed for up to six months.

The LTA said that members of the public who see illegally modified bicycles can call 1800-CALL-LTA or email feedback@lta.gov.sg.