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Personal mobility devices, or PMDs, are ubiquitous in Singapore.

It’s common to see people zipping by on electric scooters and hoverboards, sometimes on their way to deliver meals with a food delivery service.

Unfortunately, there has been a sharp rise in the number of accidents involving these devices – on average there are three accidents every week.

The number of accidents tripled from 42 in 2016 to 128 in 2017. Compare this to just 19 reported in 2015.

To mitigate these alarming figures, the Active Mobility Act has been enforced since May 1, which covers the use and specifications of these devices.

To ensure you’re charging your devices safely, follow the tips here.

Singapore is also set to introduce mandatory registration for e-scooters within this half of the year, after introducing the same rule for e-bicycles last year.

Owners of e-scooters will have to register and paste identification stickers on their devices once the rule passes.

Given all these changes, it’s time for a primer on good habits to ensure the safety of both riders and pedestrians alike.

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Be aware of the legal specifications
Be aware of the legal specifications
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The Active Mobility Act that kicked in on May 1 covers the use and specs of these devices.

For example, all e-scooters and hoverboards cannot weigh more than 20kg and must have a maximum speed of 25km/h.

The maximum width is 70cm to ensure a safe distance for these devices to cross each other.

Ensure that your PMD meets the criteria or you risk it being confiscated. It helps to buy from reputable retailers.

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