PMD users cheer new rules but some concerns remain

Some say earlier deadline reduces fire risk; others less keen to replace devices sooner

By July 1 next year, it will be illegal to ride a non-certified vehicle on public paths. While pedestrians welcomed the new safety measures, at least one suggested that personal mobility devices should have rear number plates to make errant users eas
By July 1 next year, it will be illegal to ride a non-certified vehicle on public paths. While pedestrians welcomed the new safety measures, at least one suggested that personal mobility devices should have rear number plates to make errant users easier to identify. ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM

Mr Low Joo Kek, 62, rides his e-scooter about three times a week from his flat in Sengkang to shop for groceries and visit family members.

But the regular personal mobility device (PMD) user has been increasingly concerned about the spate of PMD-related fires. There have been 49 such incidents in the first half of this year, compared with 52 for the whole of last year.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 06, 2019, with the headline 'PMD users cheer new rules but some concerns remain'. Subscribe