Food Riders Will Receive Up To $1,000 To Trade In E-Scooters For Approved Mobility Devices
The recent partial PMD ban on footpaths has sparked outrage among members of the food delivery rider community.
Food riders voicing their concerns during an MP’s Meet-The-People session
On Friday (8 Nov), the Ministry of Transport (MOT) announced a new initiative, giving food delivery riders affected by the ban a grant of up to $1,000 to trade in their e-scooters for approved mobility devices.
Food riders will receive a grant of up to $1,000 when trading in e-scooters
According to Channel NewsAsia (CNA), MOT, together with 3 food delivery companies, have put together a fund of $7 million to incentivise riders who plan to stay on the job to surrender their e-scooters.
Each rider will receive a $1,000 grant for trading-in their e-scooters for a power-assisted bicycle (PAB) or personal mobility aids (PMAs), or a $600 grant to switch to bicycles.
The scheme will end at the end of the year.
Must be an existing e-scooter food delivery rider as of 7 Nov
To qualify for the grant, riders must be an existing e-scooter food delivery rider as of 7 Nov.
Riders who are registered under more than 1 company will only be eligible for one grant, reports CNA.
They must also surrender their devices at disposal points situated at Grab, Deliveroo and Foodpanda.
Let’s hope this helps to cushion the blow caused by the ban
We are heartened that the authorities are working with companies to work out solutions on how to help those whose livelihoods largely depended on their getting around using e-scooters.
Hopefully, the initiative will help food riders continue to drive around with ease while delivering food to customers.