42% of S'poreans want PMDs banned: YouGov survey

60 per cent of Singaporeans think PMDs are dangerous.

Melanie Lim | October 11, 2019, 03:06 PM

Errant riders of PMDs have been causing problems in Singapore lately.

However, some have taken the next step and even petitioned for PMDs to be completely banned in Singapore.

Over 2/5ths of Singaporeans want PMDs banned

According to a recent survey of 1,116 Singaporeans by online research company YouGov, 42 per cent of Singaporeans want PMDs banned altogether.

29 per cent of them disagree with the ban, while the remaining 30 per cent are neutral.

For some reason this adds up to 101 per cent, although we can assume a margin of error.

Chart via YouGov

Older Singaporeans more likely to want PMDs banned

Age, as it turns out, played a significant factor in the results.

51 per cent of Singaporeans who are aged 55 years old and above want PMDs banned, compared to just 27 per cent of Singaporeans aged between 18 to 24 years.

66 per cent of Singaporeans also feel that PMDs should only be used by people who need mobility assistance.

3/5ths of Singaporeans think PMDs are dangerous

If asked whether they think PMDs are "dangerous to pedestrians", that number goes up.

60 per cent of the respondents think PMDs are dangerous.

14 per cent think PMDs are "safe", while the remaining 25 per cent are undecided.

However, 49 per cent feel that electric scooters are the most dangerous mode of transport.

Here's a ranking of transport modes from most dangerous to least dangerous, according to the respondents:

  1. Electric scooters (49 per cent)
  2. Cars (19 per cent)
  3. Motorbikes (11 per cent)
  4. Electric bicycles (9 per cent)
  5. Skateboards (7 per cent)
  6. Kick scooters (3 per cent)
  7. Pedal bicycles (2 per cent).

Of all the respondents, only six per cent currently own a PMD, with men three times more likely to own one than women.


Ban on PMDs a possibility in future

On Oct. 7, 2019, Senior Minister of State for Transport Janil Puthucheary said that a complete ban on the use of PMDs in Singapore is a possibility if the behaviour of users do not improve.

Top image via sonikbyte on Instagram.


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