PMD riders need to deliver food to make a living

I saw a small thin girl riding a PMD on a pavement in Kallang Road. She was wearing a light raincoat as it was drizzling. She entered into a food court.

Later, I saw her at the traffic junction waiting to cross the road. I asked her if she was doing food delivery.

She replied with a little fear – “Why you ask? Is there anything wrong?”

When the light changed, she crossed the road and rode on the footpath, but rather slowly.

She looked like a school girl but she could be older. But she was thin. And she probably need to make a living by delivering food.

I find the ban on PMDs using the footpaths to be a bad decision. I have seen many PMD riders, including food delivery riders, use the footpaths in a responsible manner. They now have to suffer the consequences of the ban.

I am aware that there are irresponsible riders who speed with PMDs on the footpaths, causing danger to pedestrians. I prefer that these irresponsible riders be charged for speeding and, if convicted, be banned from riding PMDs.

I do not agree on a total ban that has affected the livelihood of the food delivery riders, and also commuters who need the PMDs to get to the bus stop, train station or place of work, or to bring their children to school.

Let us make our footpaths safe for all users, by restricting the speed and enforce the speed limit. Let the footpaths be shared by the various users, and encourage all users to act responsibly.

I ask for the ban to be shelved, while a better solution be worked out.

 

Tan Kin Lian

 

 

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24 Responses to “PMD riders need to deliver food to make a living”

  • Flabbergasted:

    Just like the ban of liquor sale after 2200 hours.

    The little india riots has nothing to do with us locals, yet they threw a blanket ban that affected the whole population.

    They ease the ban at some places frequented by angmokaos, bcos they made noise, but did they spare a thought for the rest of us?

    They will not do anything , unless the ban affects foreign shit.

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  • Angela T:

    I was the girl. I recognize you, Tan Kin Lian. I was buying food for myself after school. I thought you’re trying to get fresh with me from your question. I quickly cross the road in case you follow. Please mind your own business, dirty old man!

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  • Singkee bankrupt of courage:

    The pmd champions who spoke up at MPS disappeared and never turned up at honglim.

    Did China spy smuggled them into China?

    WELL, THE PEOPLE HAVE SPOKEN AND THEYBSAY THEY ACCEPT THE BAN WITHOUT A FIGHT.

    THIS IS SINGAPOREANS. BANKRUPT OF COURAGE.

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  • "Ban" PAP:

    Singaporeans should “ban” PAP at the coming GE. It is a “spent force”. Singaporeans are worse off since LHL became PM. It is time to bury PAP for good with LKY. VTO.

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  • Ow:

    A spade is a spade. A ban is a ban. Period!

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  • who dares win:

    Those who they can bully, they will bully..
    usually the ordinaries, the ones from humble backgrounds who have no means to fight back…
    why not go into those trouble maker angmo or prc infested haunts.
    they dont dare right?
    those people will fight back..
    we cant or wont..we’ve become too timid from decades of brainwashing and scare tactics by the powers that be!

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  • Bapak:

    They have no time looking into it. They always take the simple way out but issuing blanket ban. Remember banning chew glum? They are too busy on two things – fixing oppos and counting money.

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  • Did AMKTC ban GM?:

    AMKTC had a corrupt gm.
    So has AMKTC banned GM position?

    My point is to point out the Stupidity of bans.

    Clearly people in ivory tower who are not experts in pmd are banning pmd after they allowed pmd and led to death.

    Learning on the job at our expense while paid full time extremely luxurious salaries.

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  • No Lifting Of The Ban:

    The riders can use bicycles or E Bike. Will the riders die becos they cannot use PMD ? Will the people who order food die becos it was delivered later ? But many people especially the old folks and young boys and girls using the footpath will continue to die id PMD is allowed on them. Prior to PMD, how do riders deliver the food ?

    However don’t vote for the PAP becos they have done too many bad things eg CECA, CPF etc..

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  • Mr Lam Pah Mini:

    No Lifting Of The Ban:
    The riders can use bicycles or E Bike. Will the riders die becos they cannot use PMD ? Will the people who order food die becos it was delivered later ? But many people especially the old folks and young boys and girls using the footpath will continue to die id PMD is allowed on them. Prior to PMD, how do riders deliver the food ?
    However don’t vote for the PAP becos they have done too many bad things eg CECA, CPF etc.

    Given that the pmd are asked to switch to PAB ebikes to ride with the cars on roads, if one PAB rider is dead by car, i wonder will smart PAP alec mr LPM also ban the ebikes? I really think he is overpaid to the point its insulting us tax payers and
    He is so laughable i think we must sack him this GE.

    I Fear pap will be frigtened and delay the GE to next year.

    Hope they find courage. Be brave

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  • PAP signed CECA:

    Have Singaporeans resigned themselves to become security guards, cab drivers and food delivery riders? Instead of standing up for their rights to stable and good paying jobs in SG, they are fighting to deliver food on e-scooters. Why are Singaporeans fighting to be at the bottom of society while foreigners are well-placed above them?

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  • Harder Truths:

    As all these PMD riders have voted (i.e. given permission) for pappies to replace them in regular jobs with FT, they must now try -unsuccessfully- protect their meager existence.

    I say unsuccessfully because sooner or later the pappies will run them out of business so that the FT can take over.

    Do you really think the pappies will let SG locals keep jobs badly needed by the ever increasing numbers of FT?

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  • Darth Vader:

    Didn’t you just say that food deliverymen should use motorbikes instead of PMDs just a few weeks ago tkl? Don’t deny it; I clearly remember that in that article you bragged about how losing weight now allowed you to walk the last mile in just 12 minutes or so, and that others should also learn to do the same. You even thought 1 mile = 2.2km (it’s actually 1.6km fyi, tkl you stupid idiot). And yet now you say that the government should lift the ban on using PMDs so that food deliverymen can earn a living? So which is which? Either you were right the first time or ypu were wrong, except you can’t even bring yourself to admit you were wrong

    You know what you are tkl? You’re nothing more than a shameless opportunist trying to exploit an unpopular law. Initially you supported it; don’t deny it. Your article “How to travel the last mile” here (http://www.tremeritus.net/2019/11/05/how-to-travel-the-last-mile/#comment-1868393) you even said that food deliverymen should use motorbikes instead, totally disregarding their low incomes and high COE costs

    For everyone else here, don’t just take my word about what tkl originally had to say about the ban on PMDs for it; check out the article for yourselves and see for yourselves exactly WHAT tkl has to say about it in his own words. Then decide for yourselves if tkl is REALLY someone you want to represent you and speak for you. Frankly, IMHO tkl is someone whose words and ideas should not only not be taken at face value, they should be rejected outright, together with tkl himself. Just HOW trustworthy do you REALLY think tkl is if he can’t even show even a modicum of consistency in his stances but simply bends wherever the wind blows?

    And tkl, you’re not happy to get slammed again, no problem; just STFU, GO AWAY AND NEVER COME BACK!!!! NOBODY EVEN NEEDS, LET ALONE WANTS TO HEAR FROM YOU ANYWAY!!!!

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  • no good solution at all:

    //But many people especially the old folks and young boys and girls using the footpath will continue to die id PMD is allowed on them. Prior to PMD, how do riders deliver the food ?//

    aiyoh. before, motorcycles or bicycles lor ? but PMD allows a wider and faster coverage and can “enlarge” the food delivery industry / sector lar (gdp gdp gdp and job job job) ?

    the trick (white idiots got plenty of vision / foresight right ?) is not to have allowed it in the first place (e.g why all the goody procedures & registration before the ban and all the tok about registration deadline) and therefore there would not be “enticement” of more people of going into the industry (food delivery using PMDs) with the possibility of making good decent income ?

    PMDs have no business of sharing / to be on the same foot paths with pedestrian as most of existing sinkie land footpath infrastructure (e.g narrow width in the context of having to share with PMDs) is not built to cater for this ?

    like what many white idiotic IBs would ask, provide solution lor ? so white idiots ban lor (good solution ?) ? or so VTO the white idiots lor (good solution ?) OR no good solution at all when this kind of “damage” (waste of buying PMD / loss of potential income from food delivery using PMDs) has already occurred ?

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  • Ah Ha:

    TKL, you are nuts, completely out to lunch! Please sir with all your worldly knowledge tell me any country you know of in the first world class that allows these machines on foot paths? Even most don’t allow bicycles on foot paths! Why should Singapore with its narrow foot paths let them injure, mane and possibly kill innocent pedestrians who should expect to be safe in a walking environment. Put them on the roads like all the other countries, why not? Oh, you say they may get killed or injured, well what about the pedestrians. Singaporeans don’t have the ability to drive these things safely on the streets? If that is the case what makes them safe on the pedestrian walkways. Better you engage brain before opening mouth!

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  • Ban ban bang:

    It has been high-handedly ban! Ban ban bang!

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  • The Buddha says:

    “Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the Truth.”

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  • Traitor of Peasants:

    Some people only know how to TEKAN people :
    1. Sue own siblings and sibling wife and nephew.

    2. Sue the rest using resources not belonging to him.

    3. Hide losses using not his own money.

    4. Play cheat

    5. Destroy people’s jobs.

    6. Lost his longan

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  • Bobo:

    Mr Lam Pah Mini: Given that the pmd are asked to switch to PAB ebikes to ride with the cars on roads, if one PAB rider is dead by car, i wonder will smart PAP alec mr LPM also ban the ebikes? I really think he is overpaid to the point its insulting us tax payers and
    He is so laughable i think we must sack him this GE.

    I Fear pap will be frigtened and delay the GE to next year.

    Hope they find courage. Be brave

    You got it wrong! LPM is going to score more points in his constituency in coming GE. The voters in sengkang west will prove it to you. Remember how he settled the columbarium issue and won 62.1 per cent of the votes? LPM is not a coward like other of his MPs colleagues in his party.

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  • Sgreans Minds Trapped:

    I was talking to a retiree who used to do grab delivery using motorbike for a few months.

    We talked about the recent ban that insulted the riders and buyers of UL2272.

    He agrees with my points about the mishandling and policy fiasco.

    But at the end, his mind seems trapped and conned by the thinking that, if we replace PAP Singapore becomes a HK full of riots.

    Let’s examine this brainwashed or low IQ mind :

    1. Must SG become a HK if we finally install a true democracy? No, this is not carved in stone. Better democracies exist eg. Sweden etc. And there are as many democracy models as there are countries calling themselves a democracy.

    So, it’s almost impossible that SG will become a HK. Furthermore, we are all domesticated for 65 years.
    Singaporeans generally live in absolute poverty of courage and unable to afford retirement.

    2. Must democracy be bad? Not at all. Compared to dictatorship, democracy is always better.

    3. Singaporeans typically brainwashed that if become a democracy Singapore must collapse.

    This is why at the end of the conversation, this retiree said, so we should become a HK lah

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  • TruBlu:

    True,jobless need to make a living.
    But why food delivery?
    Cant we reassign decent jobs back to sgs?

    PMD-USERS NEED TO HAVE THEIR OWN RIDING-PATHS as our FOOTpaths are already very congested from two-way pedestrian traffic flow and PMA-users.

    PMD-USERS tend to SPEED N CAUSE ACCIDENTS.
    MANY GO UNREPORTED BESIDES FATAL ONES.
    THIS IS ALL VERY WRONG!

    INFRA-STRUCTURES NOT READY.
    POLICY ERROR
    TEMPORARY SUSPEND TILL INFRA-STRUCTURE READIED.
    SIMPLE AS THAT.

    TOO MANY POLICIES ARE ILL-CONCEIVED N POORLY IMPLEMENTED!!!

    ARGHHHHHHHH!

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  • justanothercitizen:

    Are Singaporeans ready for real democracy? If there is an issue that affects them but is overridden by the majority for good reasons, can they accept the decision?
    However, I concede that the government had mishandled this issue. Just like they mishandled the rental bike issue some time back.
    Do you want to accept peoples’ voice or elites’ choice. That is the fundamental question.

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  • Change We Must:

    Yes, PMD riders busy making money at the expense of the safety of the pedestrians Make sense??

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  • Michael:

    Understand that people need a living using pmd .but too many people are getting lazy and the footpath is too small for this type of dangerous traffic. I do not want to be knocked down by pmd on the footpath .to have pmd, perhaps convert a small portion of road for then to use .
    Other than that ,yes I agree things are handle poorly by the government .

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