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The Land Transport Authority (LTA) is tightening technical requirements for motorised bicycles and has rolled out far stiffer penalties, as the number of offences related to these two-wheelers soar.
With immediate effect, the fine for first-time offenders will be trebled to $300. Repeat offenders face a fine of $500, up from $200 previously, LTA said yesterday.
Repeat offenders may also be charged in court and have their bicycles seized. Retailers found selling non-compliant motorised bikes or modifying these bikes illegally will continue to be charged in court.
The harsher penalties come as the number of summonses issued for the use or sale of illegal motorised bikes rose from just 11 in 2008 to 1,280 in the first 10 months of this year, according to LTA figures.
LTA said it is also considering possible legislative amendments "to further increase the penalties". It said the move reflects "significant safety concerns" over these bikes.
From Dec 1, new motorised bicycles must meet the European Standard EN15194 and not weigh more than 20kg. However, the maximum output of their motors is raised to 250 watt, from 200 watt currently. Top speed remains capped at 25kmh and only electric motors are allowed.
LTA said bikes which meet EN15194 - adopted by 33 countries across Europe as well as in Australia - are harder to modify.
From Dec 1, bike retailers may submit applications for type approval of models that meet these tighter technical requirements - similar to what car importers must do.
Applications can be made to LTA-authorised vehicle inspection centres. Bicycles which pass inspections will be affixed with a more prominent orange seal.
Bikes which have been approved under the current requirements and affixed with a blue seal will still be allowed for use on public roads.
Chris Kuah, owner of A-Tech Bike Supply, which sells up to 300 motorised bikes a month, said he understands the new rules "because I have kids myself".
"Some of these riders speed along corridors and because of the weight of these bikes, they can be quite dangerous to pedestrians," he said.
But he added that the 20kg limit "is a bit tight", as many motorised bikes weigh 50kg. "Some weigh as much as 90kg," he added. "Even a normal (non-motorised) bike weighs 17kg to 18kg."
But Mr Kuah said there are a handful of models which can meet the new weight limit.
Life is short, paddle harder!!
Personally , roof top snipers would my answer , or drones with a shoot to kill policy for the dickheads zooming around on the footpaths!!
Life is short, paddle harder!!
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