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PMDs are here to stay. It's time to get used to them

But rules for personal mobility devices like e-scooters are confusing and need to be streamlined

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In the 1930s, British philosopher C.E.M. Joad described an increasingly popular new mode of transport back then as "one of the most contemptible soul-destroying and devitalising pursuits that the ill-fortune of misguided humanity has ever imposed upon its credulity".

He was describing cars.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 30, 2019, with the headline PMDs are here to stay. It's time to get used to them. Subscribe