UPDATE [6 Aug 2019]: The PMD safety certification deadline has been moved forward to July 2020. All non-UL2272 certified devices will be auto-deregistered and cannot be used in public after July 2020. Users can continue to ride only UL2272 certified PMDs beyond the July 2020 deadline.
It’s here! The all-new Segway-Ninebot MAX e-scooter. The MAX comes with a wide variety of new features that will make your journeys around town faster, safer and comfier. The Segway-Ninebot MAX is designed for riders, terrains, and journeys of all sorts.
The MAX is capable of traveling up to 65km with a single charge. With one of the longest range available in the market, the Ninebot MAX still beats its competitors out of the water with a mind-blowing 6-hour charging time for a full charge from 0-100%.
The Kickscooter MAX also has a built-in charger cord and a one-step folding system, which makes it very convenient for storage and charging wherever you go. Weighing nearly 19kg, it is definitely not the most lightweight option amongst the e-scooters available, but it is definitely powerful and durable, able to carry a maximum load weight of 100kg.
The e-scooter is also dressed with an army of safety features to ensure a safe journey for the rider.
Firstly, the MAX has a built-in 2.5W LED front, rear, and brake lights. It also has reflective stickers around the scooter, to alert others and improve safety in the dark. The front-wheel of the MAX is equipped with a mechanical drum brake. The back wheel is then equipped with a regenerative electric brake. This dual-brake system provides riders with optimum stability when riding the e-scooter. A spacious deck with an anti-slip surface can be considered a deliberate safety feature for the riders as well. It will give users more stability and grip while standing on the deck of the MAX.
What is compliant to the LTA standards and regulations?
With Personal Mobility Devices gaining popularity in the past few years, the Singapore Land Transport Authority has had to adopt a reliable safety device standard to ensure the safe use of such devices. UL2272 is assessed to be a suitable safety standard as it evaluates PMDs from a system-level perspective, which better anticipates the full spectrum of usage conditions of the entire PMD, instead of just assessing individual components of a device.
Getting a device certified for UL2272 requires passing a series of electrical, mechanical and environmental tests. Its testing parameters are based on several components like the electrical and mechanical factor for safety, as well as the impact of environmental factors such as exposure to water.
Aside from being certified to the UL2272 standard, there are several other rules and regulations specified by the LTA for PMDs to ensure maximum safety for the rider, the environment and other users of public pavements and park connectors.
PMDs like e-scooters must not exceed the maximum legal weight of 20-kilograms, the maximum width of 70cm and the maximum capped speed of 25km/h. Failure to comply with the criteria will result in a $5,000 fine, a 3-month jail term or both for a first-time offence.
So, is the Segway Ninebot MAX LTA-Compliant?
The short answer is YES. The Ninebot Kickscooter MAX is LTA-Approved and UL2272 certified can be used on the streets of Singapore once registered with the Land Transport Authority (LTA).
However, buyers must be aware of two versions of the KickScooter MAX available – the US model that is being sold on Indiegogo, and the SG model that has been designed to comply with our LTA PMD regulations. For example, while the overall make of the scooters are the same, the US model is able to reach speeds of up to 35km/h, whereas the SG model’s speed is capped at 25km/h to meet the criteria set out by LTA.
Conversely, this means that a KickScooter MAX purchased from an overseas seller is very likely to NOT be LTA compliant and will also not be UL2272 certified. This version of the MAX that is being sold on Indiegogo does not sport the recognized logo for the UL certification and riders with this version of the MAX will hence not be able to register the device with LTA. This means that it is illegal to ride their version of the Ninebot KickScooter MAX in public in Singapore.
If you’re caught using a non-LTA compliant PMD, you can be fined up to $5,000 and/or jailed up to 3-months. Penalties may be much severe for repeat offenders. Your PMD can also be seized by the LTA.
How can I check if my Segway Ninebot KickScooter MAX is LTA Approved and UL2272 Certified?
You can use the Ninebot Kickscooter MAX in Singapore if you purchase the device from an official Segway-Ninebot Distributor in Singapore, like Mighty Velo. Retailers like Mighty Velo would have the Segway MAX e-Scooters with LTA approved specifications.
You can order your MAX from such retailers with a peace of mind, especially if you are able to check and confirm that your device is UL2272 certified by looking for the following label on the side of the scooter deck. You will find the approved TUV Rheinland logo (below) on the label below the deck of your MAX that indicates that the device is UL2272 certified.
The Segway-Ninebot MAX Kickscooter is available for Purchase now!
The MAX is going for a special launch price of $1099, instead of the usual $1,199. It is available for purchase online at https://www.OhMyBike.com/ or in-store at Mighty Velo, 259 Lavender Street.
Hurry now and make your daily commute much faster and more convenient with the Ninebot KickScooter MAX!