Figure 1: LTA Rules on Where You Can Ride Your PMA
(LTA. Active Mobility Act (AMA). Accessed via: https://www.lta.gov.sg/content/ltaweb/en/walk-cycle-ride/rules-and-code-of-conduct.html)
For Personal Mobility Aids (PMAs) (Mobility Scooters and Motorised Wheelchairs)
- Maximum motorised device speed of 10km/h
- A mobility scooter must satisfy the following:
(a) Has 3 or more wheels and a footboard;
(b) Is steered by handlebars or delta tiller;
(c) Has only one seat (i.e. devices with multiple seats are not considered mobility scooters);
(d) Is designed to carry only one individual who is unable to walk or has difficulties walking; and
(e) Is propelled by a motor that forms part of the vehicle.
The most IMPORTANT distinction to note is that “mobility scooters” are designed for the elderly and handicapped. However, they are often confused with “electric scooters” or “e-scooters”, which generally refer to fast-moving 2-wheeled scooters which can go as fast as 25 km/h.
Accordingly, some of the regulations applicable to e-scooters DO NOT APPLY to mobility scooters. These include:
- UL2272 Certification: DOES NOT APPLY
- Device registration with LTA: DOES NOT APPLY
For further clarifications, please feel free to contact us or the LTA directly.
[2022 Update]: With the rising complaints that PMAs are being abused by individuals without any prior mobility problems, the Government is looking into implementing more restrictive policies. Potential requirements to own a PMA might come in the form of a doctor’s certification and PMA COE. The current maximum speed limit that PMAs can travel on public paths is limited to 10km per hour. This review of PMA law is part of the Government’s effort to ensure safety while staying ahead of rising trends.