Grab's e-scooter deployment raises concerns

Grab has been making arrangements with small property owners to park and rent out personal mobility devices on their land, even as the Land Transport Authority delays its decision on issuing operating licences, on the grounds of safety. Residents hav
Grab has been making arrangements with small property owners to park and rent out personal mobility devices on their land, even as the Land Transport Authority delays its decision on issuing operating licences, on the grounds of safety. Residents have raised concerns that the areas are not PMD-friendly and are worried about possible accidents. ST PHOTO: ONG WEE KIAT

A delay in getting an operating licence to rent out personal mobility devices (PMDs) has not stopped one prospective operator from going ahead and making its own arrangements with small property owners to park and rent out the PMDs on their land.

Grab has at least 230 e-scooters available at Singapore Science Park 1 and 2, and around Tai Seng, Joo Chiat and Somerset, even as the Land Transport Authority (LTA) delays its decision on issuing operating licences, on the grounds of safety.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 04, 2019, with the headline 'Grab's e-scooter deployment raises concerns'. Print Edition | Subscribe