A group of personal mobility device (PMD) retailers has pledged to implement steps to make PMD riding safer for both users and members of the public.
The group, consisting of 26 retailers, said in a joint statement that they were "extremely saddened by the recent spate of unfortunate PMD accidents/incidents" and offered their apologies to all the affected stakeholders of the community.
"Despite our rules and regulations, constant enforcement, some irresponsible riders have grossly misused these devices and caused public alarm," they said.
They added that businesses are equally responsible for peddling non-compliant devices and allowing them to be made easily available to "irresponsible perpetrators".
Pledged to control sales
As such, the group pledged to implement steps that go towards making the community safer.
This step includes controlling sales and servicing of PMDs to those under 16, unless they are accompanied by an adult.
Other steps pledged by the group include refusing to modify the electrical systems of PMDs, restricting servicing to registered PMDs only, and only selling UL2272-certified PMDs.
The commitment by the retailers will take effect immediately.
"We would like to reiterate that the majority of PMD riders are indeed responsible," said the group.
The group of PMD retailers are:
- Kernel Scooter
- Scoot Ezy
- Falcon PEV
- PT Scoot
- Trust Wheels
- Scooter Hub
- Synergy Scooters
- Fabulous Scoot
- Minimotor Studio
- iPassion Group
- Last Mile Solutions
You can view the statement below:
Top images by Ng Kah Hwee.