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Modified e-scooter clocked at 150kmh on the Singapore road, Latest Singapore news



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In the 40-second video, black electronic scooters push along what looks like the Tanah Merah Coast Road at night, as a virtual speedometer, imposed on shooting video materials up to 150 kV.

The video was downloaded on Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram on Monday from Tune Extreme, which claims it is the only store to upgrade and modify personal mobility devices (PMDs).

Among other updates, he offers engines with "crazy torque" on his Facebook page.

The new book understands that Tune Extreme is a home-based operation.

Retailers have reported to TNP that the cottage industry for illegal modification services still exists, despite the fact that the authorities resolved with the non-working PMD users.

In an announcement yesterday by the Facebook Office of Land Transport, it said that in the first half of this year, 1,700 active crimes in the area of ​​mobility were detected. One third of them are intended to use inappropriate devices.

According to the Act on Active Mobility, PMD can not weigh more than 20 kg, be wider than 70 cm, and move faster than 25 kW.

It is unnecessary to make changes to the PMD so that they are inappropriate for use on public roads. Offenders who may be fined for the first time may be fined up to $ 5,000, up to three months or both.

Mr. Jay Jin, general manager of Kernel Scooter, said that it is possible to modify an electronic scooter to run at 150 kV.

He added that he was instructed to make changes to the PMD or to install third-party components, but "we reject these queries because it is illegal."

"But many users are importing parts and looking for stores that will install them," he said.

Mr. Jin said that it is not difficult to access unauthorized modification services since home-based companies advertise on Facebook and the online Carousell market.

He added: "They do not have a physical store, so it's hard to break them."

Mr. Jean was surprised to see a video of a modified e-scooter that allegedly exceeds 150 miles on the road in Singapore, as riders here tend to go abroad to get a speed correction.

"We are definitely worried that it gives the PMD community a bad name when they are captured."

Mr. Chew Boon Hur, general manager of Mobot's retail, said that unlawful changes are usually made by special, non-registered companies, but they and their clients are a small minority.

"Most reputable retailers and repair shops do not make inappropriate changes," he said.

More common are minor modifications, such as increasing the capacity of the battery or creating devices more powerful to facilitate more difficult racers to climb the slopes.

Mr. Chu added: "Even for vehicles there is a market for many years, you still see people who make illegal changes in their cars. There are always people who check the system."

He said that one of the reasons why he is preventing his clients from making changes is higher security standards.

CERTIFIED

Since 2021, motorized PMDs on public roads must be certified according to the UL2272 fire safety standard, and now it is illegal to sell or lease unauthorized devices.

Mr. Chu said: "(UL2272) not only about batteries, it's about how different components interact to make the device safer, as soon as you change these components, it becomes an unauthorized device.

"Unlike before, you can no longer just change the battery, just like when you like it."

Mr. Dennis Koch, a member of the Advisory Group on Active Mobility, believes that new standards will help gradually abandon business improvement.

Mr Ko, who is also chair of the PMD Big Wheel Scooters Singapore enthusiast, said: "These people turn their home into a workshop, and some even store dangerous batteries … there is a fire risk."

When this reporter called the mobile phone number Tune Extreme, there was no answer.

Later, the man called back, but refused to comment on the video.

Later the video was removed from the YouTube Tune Extreme channel and the Instagram account. Her Facebook page was removed earlier.

Commenting on the video, Mr Koch said that such devices are not designed to work at such high speeds.

"If the rider fell into a shit and falls at that speed, he would most likely be fatal," he added.

"This is a new level of stupidity we condemn. He should not go on the road and endanger others."

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