All e-scooters in Singapore will need to be registered online from 2 January 2019.
Once registration is done, LTA will send the Registration Mark via registered mail in a week. If there is no one at home at the time of delivery, you will have to make your way down to the nearest post office to collect it. Below is how the registration mark looks like. It is fairly easy to affix it since it comes with adhesive backing.
In the guidelines, they also mentioned that all e-scooters will need an identification mark. The next question is how do we get the identification mark. A quick search online shows that a single print out will cost $15 on average, and two identification mark will cost $23 on average, excluding delivery. Delivery are usually by registered mail. It will take a few days to be delivered and you will have to be at home to receive it. If not, you will need to go down to the post office again to collect your post.
The specifications are clearly given in the letter with the registration mark. I decide to give it a try to do-it-myself. Each character is to be 35mm by 25mm, with a gap of 5mm between them. So the total length is 20.5cm by 4cm. The design looks like the below. It is created in Powerpoint format, so anyone can easily edit it. Here are the steps to create the identification mark.
1. Edit the identification mark template below.
Download it here.
Here is the full link: https://smartindustry.sg/files/escooter-identification-mark.pptx
2. Print out on Glossy Photo Paper
I used Glossy Photo Paper (A4) to print out the Powerpoint format. I happened to have a few sitting around. If you were to buy from the shops, the Canon Pixma Glassy Photo Paper (GP-508) only cost $4 for 20 sheets. That comes out to 20 cents each.
I was thinking of laminating the print-out. But after doing water-test, I realized the ink does not come out. So it is fine without lamination.
3. Cut it out
Using ruler and pen-knife the vertical prints are removed from its A4 paper.
4. Attach it to the e-scooter
Use super glue to attach it to the e-scooter. Cost of a super-glue is around $1.
And it is done! It took me 10 mins to print out, cut it out and attached using super glue. And the total cost is around $2 (including cost of ink). I don’t have to go down to the printer shop, or post office, and spend 10 times more to get the identification mark printed. Give it a try to do it-yourself-too.