Singapore Spike in demand for e-scooter model that meets new fire safety standard CREDITS : By Amir Yusof @AmirYusofCNA 15 Sep 2018 06:09AM (Updated: 15 Sep 2018 09:56AM) SINGAPORE: Among the dozens of e-scooter models being sold in the Singapore market, only one is currently compliant with the new fire safety standards set by the Land Transport Authority - and its stocks are fast dwindling, according to some local retailers.Demand for the Segway Ninebot ES2 has increased after the Government announced on Monday that all motorised personal mobility devices (PMDs) that are not UL2272 certified will be illegal by 2021. The UL2272 standard was first published by US-based...
The 39-year-old was pleased to have found an efficient mode of transport that would allow him to avoid having to squeeze in crowded buses and trains to travel to and from his work.
"So I've spent all this money on this scooter, only to be told I have to get rid of it in two years or risk breaking the law," said Mr Lor, who uses the device to travel to and from his workplace in Clarke Quay.
An e-scooter achieving speeds of up to 70kmh like the one in the video clip shot along Mandai Road.
Unusual? Not if you ask owner Norman Lee of motorcycle workshop Race Werks. Out of curiosity, Mr Lee hooked up a customer's $900 e-scooter onto the workshop's eddy current dynamometer in early August. The machine, which measures a motorbike's horsepower, speed and acceleration, gave a reading of 59kmh while the e-scooter's speedometer showed 67kmh.
Mr Ronald Tay of scootersg.com believes that most e-scooter riders are law-abiding.
In his opinion, educating new riders on safety and engaging customers just before they buy e-scooters are every dealer's responsibility.
"I'm not going to sell a 20kg machine (e-scooter) to a 40kg girl," said Mr Tay.
"I will spend 20 minutes with each customer to select a suitable e-scooter for his or her needs."
Facebook users respond to the report, “Govt fully accepts active mobility panel’s recommendations, will roll them out in early 2019”, saying that all users of shared paths have shared responsibilities, while others point out that there are still gaps when it comes to enforcement of rules for riders and users of personal mobility devices (PMDs).
"I didn't think too much of it at the time and left soon after," said Mr Wang. "But just 10 days later the battery of the scooter became faulty and could not be charged.\
An unnamed neighbour was quoted as saying that she saw more than 60 e-scooters being moved into the unit last week.
"Recently, there have been more and more reports of fires caused by e-scooters, and I am worried that if a fire breaks out, there will be dire consequences," she said.