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Need to better regulate, police PMD users


With great power comes great responsibility. That line from a Spider-Man movie resonates loud as devices with powerful electric motors vie for right of way on paths previously reserved for pedestrians.

With a twist of the throttle, an e-scooter can reach the 10kmh limit for footpaths in about three seconds. The acceleration is instant and linear - in line with how electric motors behave.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 28, 2019, with the headline 'Need to better regulate, police PMD users'. Print Edition | Subscribe