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26 caught riding e-bikes, e-scooters without mandatory theory test certificate in first six days of enforcement: LTA

26 caught riding e-bikes, e-scooters without mandatory theory test certificate in first six days of enforcement: LTA

Land Transport Authority enforcement officers conducting checks on e-bikes. (Photo: Facebook/Land Transport Authority)

SINGAPORE: Twenty-six people have been caught riding e-scooters or e-bikes without first passing a mandatory theory test since the start of this year, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) said on Friday (Jan 7). 

Of this number, 20 were users of power-assisted bicycles - otherwise known as PABs or e-bikes - with some caught riding on footpaths, which is illegal. 

The LTA - which provided the update in a Facebook post - noted the new regulation came into effect on Jan 1 this year, adding that its active mobility enforcement officers had begun enforcing this requirement.

The agency said last year the regulation aims to "improve awareness of active mobility rules, code of conduct and safe riding practices, in support of a safe and sustainable active mobility landscape". 

The test was first made available on Jun 30 last year, with a six-month grace period for riders to complete the test before enforcement began. 

The e-bike test comprises 40 multiple-choice questions to be completed in 40 minutes, while the e-scooter test has 30 multiple-choice questions with 30 minutes to complete them.

Test-takers must score at least 80 per cent to pass, after which they will get a digital certificate with no expiry date.

"It is an offence to ride your e-scooter or PAB on public paths if you have not passed the test," said the LTA on Friday. 

It added that those caught can be fined up to S$2,000 or jailed for six months for the first offence, or both. 

Source: CNA/az(gr)

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