SINGAPORE, (October 5th) - Bicycles with petrol engines are banned from the Singapore streets, while those with electric motors will have to be approved before they are allowed on the roads.
Under tough new rules announced September 30th, riders who don't comply face jail of up to three months and fines of $2,000. Their machines will be seized.
Although the rules take effect immediately, those who already own electric-driven bicycles have a grace period, until Jan 1, to get their machines approved.
Only those motors under 200 Watts in power will get the green light. They must shut down automatically when the bicycle reaches 25kmh, the speed that normal pedal bikes can reach. New electric bicycles sold must have a seal showing they meet these safety requirements. (MH)