Trade-in grant the wrong way to address E-scooter situation

I see the $7 million e-scooter Trade-in Grant as part of a very disturbing trend in policy making ($7m fund to help delivery riders switch from e-scooters, Nov 9). Taxpayers’ money has been called upon again, as in the earlier incentive for early disposal of non-UL2272 certified e-scooter ($100 incentive for early disposal of e-scooters that fail safety standards, Sept 21). The plight of food delivery riders deserves to be addressed but I feel this is the wrong way to do it.

The dangers to footpath pedestrians have been highlighted many times by the public. Yet, stakeholders such as the companies selling personal mobility devices (PMDs), food delivery companies, their riders, and PMD riders in general chose to ignore the call for better riding practices.

At the very least, I would have expected the food delivery companies to equip their riders’ PMDs with cameras and disincentivise bad riding behaviour. PMD sellers should have provided short training courses on safe riding and respecting pedestrians.

And for bicycles and other higher speed contraptions like skateboards or kick scooters that are still allowed on footpaths, how about a footpath code (analogous to highway code) to govern their behaviour? I can think of a few rules that are rarely observed by riders – such as sounding a chime a few seconds before overtaking and overtake at a slightly faster speed, dismounting if unable to maintain full control, like on a slope, and being more alert to blind spots.

I hope the Government will take a more comprehensive view on PMDs and bicycles. Most accidents involve young inexperienced riders who have yet to learn safe habits. Pushing them to the roads with this grant without proper training and guidance will only put more of them in harm’s way.

 

Lim

 

 

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22 Responses to “Trade-in grant the wrong way to address E-scooter situation”

  • Bapak:

    Some day, I am not surprised they set up ERP for e-scooter, PMD and bicyle on walking pathways. Giang Luei Party.

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  • Asd:

    Tax payer $ like free flow hor..

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  • NotMyProblem:

    Watch this – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NvaO3hP3i7w.

    You would see how behind we are!! Still talking about bicycles. Motorbikes already being replaced. Now e-scooter is not PMD already.

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  • UniQ:

    A few more zero net worth lossing thier lifes means nothing on economicol impact of this gahmen. So much Experienced PMETs are thrashed away as obselete commodities just bz little god prefers numbers businesses. Other good viable bussinesses has been neglected since his reign n wethered into the winds.

    70% Sinkies chose this, so deserve what they chose. Suck it up.

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  • FOMO, upgrading. Goodies:

    The gabrament seems to do what they like and very lacking quality.

    1. They kept tweaking the laws and forced many to keep having to spend money complying. So many tweaks in so short a time proves LOUSY STANDARD.

    There is indeed and EROSION OF GOOD GOVERNANCE.

    So many have compiled and bought or upgraded to UL2272 standard and then thy just ban it immediately.

    PAP must be sacked.
    No confidence in PAP anymore!

    Let’s all give opposition one term and then switch back to PAP is they cannot deliver.

    This will confuse the PAP. WE NO LONGER NEED TO BE HELD RANSOM.

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  • Victim no compensation:

    PMD is supposed to be a very good kind of transportation mode.
    But the problem is abuses by the users.
    They travelled in the middle of the road like motorcycles, and the worse thing is they are travelling at a high speed.
    Once they hit a pedestrian, it is no different from a motorcycle accident. It can be very fatal.
    If nothing is done now, as the number of PMD increases, the fatal accident rate will be similar to that of motorcycle accidents.
    This will be a big problem.

    And before the ban,there is a rule to limit the speed of the PMD to make it less hazardous on the roads, but does it work?

    Unlike motor vehicles, PMD is not covered by insurance. So if a victim is injured or paralysed by PMD riders, the victim can only sue the rider.
    And if the rider can’t pay, the only alternative is to sue them until they get bankrupt.

    Anyway our government have offered alternative and compensation to those
    depending on PMDs to make a living.

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  • Victim no compensation:

    Correction
    If nothing is done now, as the number of PMD increases, the fatal accident rate will be similar to that of motor vehicle accidents.

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  • TruBlu:

    Which minister/s promoted this?
    He/she/they shud come out to apologise fod this big mistake.
    If you claimed glory for proposing this,you ought to take blame too?

    So who is/are respinsible?

    Come on,DONT BE SHY lah!
    Raise your hands,pls!

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  • Whose Idea To Allow PMD?:

    Is it Khaw Boon Wan ?

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  • Harder Truths:

    There is no ‘right way’ to make this work.

    PMD riders are useless overweight smelly creeps that have constipation. They laugh when they run you down – “you die your business”.

    If they cause more accidents and deaths the time the public takes revenge on them is not far away.

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  • Self entitlement:

    How about building cycle lanes for the tax payers monies? So that I can also use the lanes!

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  • N.Jungne:

    Aiyah Blame Oppositon. Shit cannot come out, blame the ground hard.

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  • vincent tan:

    its a either or situation
    call it Footpath , ban pmds
    call it FooDpath, ban pedestrians

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  • Are We Sure about it?:

    Are we sure the total $7 million is spent on the Trade-In?

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  • Can't Think Out Of The Box:

    This only confirm the fact that our current batch of leaders can only react to problems. They are not able to think out of the box to anticipate coming future problems (unlike LKY and his Ministers) before introducing public policies.

    Yet they have the thick skin to demand for the highest salaries in the political world.

    Do you still want them to con you ? Vote the PAP OUT.

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  • Time for Change:

    They action of careless and inconsiderate banning the PMD is synonymous with “Get out of my Elitist face” behavior.

    When they realized many People making noise, they “plaster” and bandage with tax payers money to appease and could be because GE is at the corner.

    High time for change. Singapore must be run by common citizens who cares for the well being of its own citizens.

    Vote them, more taxes and GST and fixing own People like MiloIndianCumMalay.
    Don’t vote them, NO GST, straight can go holiday every year
    Give them Mandate, Mati! surely.

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  • Hong Kong Rioter Kill Old Man:

    Dear Readers,

    Oxygen and a few nuts here support the HK black shirts rioters violence.

    Oxygen and a few nuts called them peaceful protesters.

    Now the Hong Kong black shirts rioters killed a 70 years old cleaners.

    Yes, Hong Kong black shirts rioters killed a 70 years old cleaners.

    Watch here : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AQkkhRHYX3E

    Where is Western power run puppy Oxygen and his Kaki that support Hong Kong rioters violence ?

    Readers beware, do not be canon fodders for Oxygen and his kaki.
    PAP.GUARANTEE.WIN.GE2019/20

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  • oxygen:

    @ Hong Kong Rioter Kill Old Man:

    YOUR FART HEAD is smarter than your desiccated coconut exploding facile farts of fiction. Go back to Bohleh-land and continue with your rubber tapping. I hear durian season is nearly over and probably no employment opportunities for durian picking for now.

    Hong Kong Rioter Kill Old Man: Oxygen and a few nuts here support the HK black shirts rioters violence.

    Oxygen and a few nuts called them peaceful protesters.

    Now the Hong Kong black shirts rioters killed a 70 years old cleaners.

    Yes, Hong Kong black shirts rioters killed a 70 years old cleaners.

    Watch here : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AQkkhRHYX3E

    Where is Western power run puppy Oxygen and his Kaki that support Hong Kong rioters violence ?

    Readers beware, do not be canon fodders for Oxygen and his kaki.
    PAP.GUARANTEE.WIN.GE2019/20

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  • George:

    Khaw BW and Tan CJ put Singaporeans in harm’s way, VOTE THEM OUT !

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  • Bernard:

    Dearest Singaporean, please stop making excuses and/or complaint. The problem is that the present lot of useless blood sucking PAP incumbents. Why do you all 70% still think our governance is in order. It’s broken period. The point is change is constant and the present lot of useless incumbents need to be replaced. Only Singapore are eligible to be MPS. What stake has a FT turn PR turn Citizen have to ensure Singapore’s continue growth and well being? What “sumpah” taken to remain loyal to Singapore for Singaporean only. Indian can turn Malay in legitimate rig P election?Lock up and rob your CPF and pooling for others use – totally garbage. Do you all accept such garbage. The day will come, your so called “owner” HDB home will be tramped by others too in the name of sharing society responsibility. What is the government responsibility and accountability. This present lot of incumbents takes to responsibility and accountability in governing Singapore. Take praises and glory and blame it’s Citizen for all wrong doing. Is this what you and your future generation wants? Be clear and do the right thing. Thank you.

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  • never vote pap, always OPPO:

    Hong Kong Rioter Kill Old Man:
    Dear Readers,

    Oxygen and a few nuts here support the HK black shirts rioters violence.

    Oxygen and a few nuts called them peaceful protesters.

    Now the Hong Kong black shirts rioters killed a 70 years old cleaners.

    Yes, Hong Kong black shirts rioters killed a 70 years old cleaners.

    Watch here : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AQkkhRHYX3E

    Where is Western power run puppy Oxygen and his Kaki that support Hong Kong rioters violence ?

    Readers beware, do not be canon fodders for Oxygen and his kaki.
    PAP.GUARANTEE.WIN.GE2019/20

    don’t be a propagandist cock.

    on one side the bad regime uniformed baddies shooting rubber bullets and tear gas. on the other side the youth heroes of HK using nothing but earthen bricks.

    that the dead was hit by a brick is true.

    but who shot the brick? why did he get in the middle of a fight?

    in all fairness, the one who was hit by brick asked for it by being in the middle of a fight. for anyone with a brain, when you see rubber bullets and tear gas fired from one side and earthen bricks flying from the other, you siam, not go into the no man’s land.

    the baddies using the dead as propaganda is their privilege. but for someone trying to pull a fast one here in TRE is pure cock and bull.

    the dead died as a result of an accident. ACCIDENT. who is culpable? if pull hairs, then, both sides, the ones firing rubber bullets and tear gas and the other retaliating with earthen bricks. too bad the dead died from brick. what about dying from rubber bullet or tear gas? then how? youth heroes also wrong then? surely NOT.

    so, don’t be cock. the dead died by being at the wrong place, aka no brains to siam when the bullets tear gas earthen bricks were flying about. PERIOD.

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  • Hong Kong Rioter Kill Old Man:

    never vote pap, always OPPO: don’t be a propagandist cock.
    ………………..

    in all fairness, the one who was hit by brick asked for it by being in the middle of a fight.

    The old man asked it for it ? You are talking cock.

    This old man was helping to clear the streets of bricks and other obstacle setup by the rioters but was attacked when the rioters try to stop him and his peers from clearing up the obstacle.

    Later old man use phone to record the rioters thuggish and violence acts.

    The old man died because he wanted to do good.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mRBsueXgUQk&t=248s

    This is murder at the first degree and you had the cheek to say he asked for it ?

    Dear Singaporeans, Please do not vote opposition.

    This is the quality of opposition supporter who like Oxygen, supported the black shirt rioters violence.

    Readers beware, do not be canon fodders for Oxygen and his kaki.
    PAP.GUARANTEE.WIN.GE2019/20
    Vote PAP for 9% GST increase to increase PAP salaries.

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