Forum: Use of PMDs could benefit villagers

Electric scooters were banned from footpaths in November 2019 to address public safety concerns surrounding their use.
Electric scooters were banned from footpaths in November 2019 to address public safety concerns surrounding their use.PHOTO: ST FILE

Instead of simply disposing of personal mobility devices (PMDs), we could donate them to other countries where people may find better uses for them.

On a recent trip to Cambodia, I learnt that many patients had to walk long distances (almost five hours in one case) to reach the clinic that we had set up.

PMDs could improve the quality of life of villagers in remote areas tremendously by allowing them to access basic services such as healthcare more easily.

Sheena Lim, 19

Year 1 university student

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 13, 2020, with the headline 'Use of PMDs could benefit villagers'. Print Edition | Subscribe