Two in five Singaporeans want PMDs banned

Two in five Singaporeans want PMDs banned

Electric scooters ranked as most dangerous mode of transport

Recent fatalities involving PMDs (Personal Mobility Devices) have resulted in Singaporeans calling for a ban. Latest YouGov research shows that two in five (42%) of Singaporeans want PMDs banned altogether.

Three in ten (29%) disagree with the ban and the remaining three in ten (30%) are undecided. Older Singaporeans (aged 55 and above) are more averse to PMDs than younger Singaporeans (aged 18 to 24). Half (51%) of older Singaporeans want PMDs banned, contrasted with over a quarter (27%) of younger Singaporeans. Two thirds (66%) of Singaporeans think that PMDs should be restricted to people with mobility issues.

Overall three in five (60%) of Singaporeans would classify PMDs as dangerous. One in seven (14%) think they are safe, and the remaining quarter (25%) are undecided. When asked to rank modes of transport from most dangerous to least dangerous to pedestrians, electric scooters came up on top (49% ranked as most dangerous), ahead of cars (19%). This is followed by motorbikes (11%), electric bicycles (9%), skateboards (7%), kick scooters (3%) and pedal bicycles (2%).

The majority (73%) think that PMDs should be allowed on specified lanes, but few agree that they should be on footpaths (19%) or public roads (19%). Over one in seven (16%) think they should not be allowed anywhere.

The good news for those who aren’t fans of PMDs is that they aren’t that prevalent. Only one in twenty (6%) currently own a PMD. Men are three times more likely than women to own one. (9% vs. 3%). 

Jake Gammon, Head of Omnibus APAC at YouGov Omnibus commented: “PMDs are a controversial topic at the moment, and something that clearly has Singaporeans divided. Whether an altogether ban or restrictions placed on use, many people want something to be done about PMDs -- which will hopefully prevent fatalities happening again in future.”

***Results based on 1,116 Singaporeans surveyed by YouGov Omnibus