Singapore e-bike, e-scooter riders to undergo mandatory theory test

Riders who pass the test will receive a digital certificate which is valid for life.

Singapore’s parliament has passed new laws requiring riders of e-bikes and e-scooters to complete a mandatory theory test. File image: Norbert Waldhausen/Pixabay

CAPE TOWN, May 12 (ANA) – In a bid to ensure safer roads with the use of e-bikes and e-scooters, Singapore’s parliament passed new laws on Tuesday requiring riders to complete a mandatory theory test.

According to Singapore-based broadcaster Channel News Asia, the test for electric bike riders which starts from June 30 will cost S$5 for the first two attempts until September 30, and S$10 thereafter.

Earlier this year, Singapore launched its Green Plan in an effort to become a more environmentally-friendly nation by 2030, including developments across the electric vehicle sector.

The theory test will be conducted online in Singapore’s four official languages, senior transport minister Amy Khor said.

“We will keep test fees affordable to minimise the financial impact of the riders, especially those who ride for their livelihoods,” said Khor.

“For the first three months, this (S$5) is a discounted rate to encourage greater test takeup.”

Khor added that officials would work closely with the labour movement and food delivery companies to ensure a smooth transition so that riders could get certified.

Riders who pass the test will receive a digital certificate which is valid for life.

First-time trafffic offenders without certification can be fined up to S$2,000 or jailed for up to six months. Repeat offenders can be jailed for up to a year, be fined up to S$5,000 or both.

According to the The Straits Times daily newspaper, e-bikes are currently allowed on roads and cycling paths but are banned from footpaths.

Further changes to ensure safer roads include stiffer penalties for illegal street racing, road rage and for wearing unapproved motorcycle helmets.

– African News Agency (ANA), Editing by Stella Mapenzauswa

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