Will a PMD ban hurt food delivery firms?

Food delivery firm Deliveroo said riders using PMDs and power-assisted bicycles make up 5 per cent of its overall fleet of 6,000 here.
Food delivery firm Deliveroo said riders using PMDs and power-assisted bicycles make up 5 per cent of its overall fleet of 6,000 here.PHOTO: DELIVEROO

A potential ban on personal mobility devices (PMDs) like e-scooters in the wake of reckless behaviour by riders could have a costly impact on gig economy workers zipping about delivering food.

Many riders in the fast-growing sector use the devices to complete orders, and a ban could lead to longer waiting times or higher costs, say economists. Food delivery firms told The Sunday Times that PMDs make up a minority of their fleets, with some saying they do not foresee a significant impact on business. Others have stopped taking on new PMD riders after recent regulatory changes.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on October 13, 2019, with the headline 'Will a PMD ban hurt food delivery firms?'. Print Edition | Subscribe