PMD retailers, users appeal against 'rigid criteria' of new standard

Personal mobility device retailers such as Falcon PEV are concerned that the new safety standard for PMDs could drive up costs and cause sales to drop.
Personal mobility device retailers such as Falcon PEV are concerned that the new safety standard for PMDs could drive up costs and cause sales to drop.ST PHOTO: GAVIN FOO

Retailers and enthusiasts of personal mobility devices (PMDs) have sent a letter to the Government appealing for it not to implement new rules which are aimed at reducing the number of fires involving these machines.

The "rigid criteria" of the new standard will render most existing PMDs, especially e-scooters, redundant by 2020, when they take effect, said the Big Wheel Scooters Singapore (BWSS) and PMD Retailers Association of Singapore.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 12, 2018, with the headline 'PMD retailers, users appeal against 'rigid criteria' of new standard'. Print Edition | Subscribe