Test for e-bike users: Discounted fees extended
The discounted fee for a mandatory online theory test for riders of electric scooters and electric bikes will remain in place till the end of the year.
Riders were supposed to start paying $10 per test attempt after Sept 30, but the fee will now stay at $5 until Dec 31.
The $5 fee, subject to the 7 per cent goods and services tax, also covers one free reattempt in case the rider fails the test.
The Land Transport Authority (LTA) said in a Facebook post yesterday it extended the discount after taking into account the Covid-19 situation and feedback from the National Delivery Champions Association representing freelance delivery riders.
"As demand for delivery services remains high, riders have told us they would like more time to prepare for and pass the Active Mobility Mandatory Theory Test," said the agency.
Users of e-scooters and e-bikes, or power-assisted bicycles, will have to pass the test by the end of the year to continue using the devices in public spaces.
The LTA said in response to queries that as at Monday, 19,966 riders had registered for the test. About 94 per cent of the 16,625 riders who have taken the test so far have passed.
As at end-May, there were 31,660 registered e-bikes and 6,671 registered e-scooters here.
Those caught riding without the theory test certificate from next year can be fined up to $2,000 and/or jailed for six months for the first offence. Repeat offenders can be fined up to $5,000 and/or jailed for 12 months.
The government introduced the test and other requirements following a spate of accidents involving mobility devices.
Food delivery platform Foodpanda said that more than a quarter of its e-bike riders have taken the theory test and welcomed the move to extend the duration of the discounted test fee.
Deliveroo said it is unable to share exact figures on the number of e-bike delivery riders who have taken the test. The firm has 9,000 food delivery riders here, including motorcycle users and walkers.
Both platforms, which do not work with riders who use e-scooters, said they are looking into initiatives to encourage more riders to complete the tests earlier.