PMDs going cheap as new safety norm deadline nears

From next month, shops can sell only devices that comply with new fire safety standard

A UL2272 certification sticker, usually found under the footboard, comes with a serial number that can be validated online.
Mr Chew Boon Hur, general manager of personal mobility device retailer Mobot, explaining the UL2272 certification to his customers, dispatch rider Jamalludin Kasim (far left), 34, and retiree Kasim Ali, 65. ST PHOTOS: SHINTARO TAY
Mr Chew Boon Hur, general manager of personal mobility device retailer Mobot, explaining the UL2272 certification to his customers, dispatch rider Jamalludin Kasim (far left), 34, and retiree Kasim Ali, 65.
A UL2272 certification sticker, usually found under the footboard, comes with a serial number that can be validated online. ST PHOTOS: SHINTARO TAY
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Personal mobility device (PMD) shops are offering steep discounts on their products as they try to clear their stock, a week ahead of a deadline for them to ensure that their devices adhere to new fire safety requirements.

Next month, shops will be required to sell and display only PMDs that comply with the UL2272 standard. This is a set of safety requirements covering the electrical drive train system of PMDs, including the battery system.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 24, 2019, with the headline PMDs going cheap as new safety norm deadline nears. Subscribe