In case you aren’t caught up with the recent news, the Land Transport Authority announced that Personal Mobility Devices (PMDs) are permanently banned from footpaths in Singapore.
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Though the ban was a necessary measure taken to ensure the safety of pedestrians on public paths, this course of action has caused much distress among delivery riders who are dependent on PMDs to make a living.
In response to how the ban would impact food delivery businesses in Singapore, Senior Minister of State for Transport, Lam Pin Min said that the government is working with these businesses to assist their PMD riders by swapping their e-scooters to either motorcycles or bicycles. On top of that, authorities will work with Workforce Singapore (WSG) to help these riders in their search for new jobs as a result of the ban.
You can watch the exchange here.
Following the ban of PMDs from footpaths, Grab also revealed that over one in three GrabFood delivery partners are reliant on these e-scooters to fulfil orders and earn an income.
Apart from appealing to the government to see if special concessions can be made for delivery partners who ride responsibly, Grab also asked for understanding on the part of consumers:
“During this period, we would like to seek consumers’ understanding that they may have to wait longer for their orders or may experience an increase in cancellations by delivery-partners who may not be able to cover the delivery distance on foot.”
On top of that, PMD retailers and sharing operators have voiced their frustrations over a ban of e-scooters along footpaths too, a Change.org petition was even created by a Siti Binte Rahimat, calling for the ban to be rescinded.
The petition urges the government to reinstate PMD usage on footpaths as well as roads until “which time the Park Connector Networks (PCNs) and bike paths are more accessible and cover a wider area”.
There are currently more than 5,500km of footpaths, compared with 440km of cycling paths.
Describing the ban as “a de facto ban on the use of PMDs”, the description in the petition said, “The bike paths and PCNs are not continuous and it does not connect point to point. Limiting the use of PMDs to bike paths and PCNs is equivalent to letting someone use the bathroom but banning the use of the toilet bowls.”