Why is the adoption of a device safety standard necessary?
The number of fires caused by motorised PMDs has increased in the past few years, with more than 90 fire incidents involving PMDs since 2016. As PMDs only started gaining popularity in recent years, many of the motorised PMDs used do not conform to any reliable safety standards. The adoption of a safety device standard is therefore necessary to ensure the safe use of such devices.
LTA carefully studied the safety standards available and determined that the UL2272 standard is most suitable for the common types of motorised PMDs used in Singapore, such as electric scooters (e-scooters), self-balancing hoverboards and electric unicycles.
Incidents of PMD-related fires over the last few years (photos credits from Singapore Civil Defence Force's Facebook)