- The ever-increasing cost of buying AND maintaining a vehicle in Singapore. COE, ARF, ERP… These abbreviated vehicle ownership, tax and traffic control usually mean forking out more money. You have to pay for your right to drive on an island state where space is a premium.
- Something that’s on the increase that’s actually positive are park connectors. These will provide Escooter riders with more options to their destinations and also opportunities to further explore the island.
- The ever growing gig economy. Food being a local obsession in Singapore, there will be an ever increasing stream of eateries hopping onto the delivery bandwagon.
- With a host of new MRT lines and stations slated to commence operations over the next few years, Escooters are crucial for that last mile journey to interesting yet less accessible locations in Singapore.
Know the RulesSingapore is known to be a ‘fine’ city and also infamous for boosting the sales of chewing gum across the causeway. Since the personal mobility trend started a few years ago, many rules and seemingly unnecessary regulations were introduced and it seemed a little harsh on something perceived as trivial as Escooter ownership. The increasing spate of accidents and even deaths involving pedestrians, road rage and fires caused by electrical faults all contributed to the authorities putting a foot down to end the Escooter mayhem. So lets start by learning the basics. LTA Compliant Escooter Specs
Escooters used in public have to meet the following specifications to be given a stamp of approval from LTA:
- Maximum width of 70cm;
- Maximum unladen weight of 20kg; (weight of escooter with no load)
- Maximum device speed of 25km/h (for motorised devices only)
More info and a list of unapproved models can be found hereLTA Registration You could almost hear the entire Escooter community groan when the authorities made it mandatory for their rides to be registered from January 2019 onwards. How do you do it? Simply go to https://www.onemotoring.com.sg/escooter to register or if you prefer to do so in person, head to any SingPost branch. Some important pointers for registration are:
- You have to be above 16 years old
- Your Escooter has to meet the LTA-compliant specs we mentioned above. Warning: False declarations are an offence punishable by law!
- LTA will issue a unique registration number once you’ve finished the registration process and you will have to get this number made according to LTA stated dimensions and stick it onto your ride like a number plate of sorts.
BUY AN ESCOOTER THAT MEETS YOUR NEEDS
- If you’re getting an Escooter for food delivery, it means you’ll probably chalk up some serious mileage. A one and a half to two year lifespan for a frequently used Escooter is about right so by the time UL2272 comes about, it might be the right time to get yourself a new ride with certification. You’ll still be extracting good value from your investment if you purchase an Escooter now. Try to choose an Escooter with sufficient battery capacity (Scroll down for more info on Ah) so that you have enough kilometers per charge to make several trips to maintain productivity.
- If you’re looking for a ride for getting to the train station and back, or simply an Escooter to get you to a football pitch deep inside Turf City, your usage will range from infrequent to moderate. And if you don’t see yourself changing your ride since you’ll not be using it much, perhaps getting something already UL2272 certified like the Ninebot ES2 makes sense. (FYI, it’s the only model of Escooter with UL certification available for now)
- Eko Life carries a wide range of reliable, trustworthy, and high performance brands that are all LTA compliant. If you need help choosing your perfect ride, our knowledgeable staff at Eko Life will guide through. Signing up as our EasyRide member enables you to buy your Escooter with our budget-friendly instalments. This means you can enjoy and own your Escooter without forking out a large amount of money upfront. No credit card necessary too!