LTA to regulate both electric vehicles and chargers under new law

Under the new law, LTA will lead efforts to review the technical standards and safety precautions relating to EVs.
Under the new law, LTA will lead efforts to review the technical standards and safety precautions relating to EVs.PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - The Land Transport Authority (LTA) will take over the regulation of electric vehicle chargers from the Energy Market Authority, under a new law passed in Parliament on Tuesday (May 11).

This move will see the LTA regulate both electric vehicles (EVs) and charging infrastructure, which Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Transport Baey Yam Keng said will help push adoption of EVs.

Explaining the change, Mr Baey said: "The current situation is not optimal because while LTA is in charge of developing the charging infrastructure, it does not have oversight of the regulations governing proper installation.

"Furthermore, no government agency oversees the regulation of non-fixed charging solutions, like battery swapping."

Under the new law, LTA will lead efforts to review the technical standards and safety precautions relating to EVs. It will set EV charging standards moving forward. Licensed electrical workers will install fixed chargers in compliance with these standards.

Mr Baey said the Government is studying other legislative measures like requiring chargers to be installed for new buildings.

Eleven MPs spoke during the debate. Mr Saktiandi Supaat (Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC), Ms Ng Ling Ling (Ang Mo Kio GRC) and Mr Sharael Taha (Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC) called for measures to manage the safety risks that come with electric vehicles and their chargers.

Meanwhile, Worker's Party MPs Mr Leon Perera (Aljunied GRC) and Ms He Ting Ru (Sengkang GRC) spoke about proper disposal of the electronic waste caused by EVs.

Mr Baey said the Transport Ministry will study the ideas and address the issues raised by MPs.

On safety concerns, he said: "Safety must be a priority in all aspects of EV use and charging. That is why we abide by stringent safety standards."

"These requirements will be... in place, regardless of the agency in charge of regulating EV chargers."