Speech by Tan Kin Lian on PMD ban at Hong Lim Park on 23 Nov 2019

I am not a PMD rider. But today, I like to stand united with PMD riders and speak against the ban on the use of PMD on our footpaths. OK or not?

The ban was hasty. It was not the right decision. It was a bad decision. Agree or not?

The government has banned the use of PMDs on footpaths with immediate effect.

It has affected two groups of users.

The first group are the food delivery riders who need PMDs for their work. The ban has affected their livelihood badly.

The second group are people who need PMDs to get to the bus stop, MRT station or their place of work. It may be too far for them to walk.

How many people are affected by the ban?

There was a news report that 75,000 owners have registered their e- scooters and paid a registration fee of $20.

The LU2272 compliant e-scooters cost between $300 to $700 depending on model.

So, many owners are badly affected by the ban.

It is unfortunate that the government decided on imposing this ban suddenly, without considering the negative impact on the large number of people who are affected.

If they had imposed the ban in the first place, we would not have so many people paid so much money to buy the PMD. Right?

We all know of the problems caused by errant riders who use their PMDs at high speed on footpaths. This has caused a few accidents and injuries to pedestrians.

Many people have called for measures to keep the footpaths safe. The government was responding to this call when they decided to impose a ban.

Was it the correct decision?

Let me make a few points and consider this issue from the perspective of the riders and pedestrians.

My first point is that the PMD is a useful device for both the food delivery riders and for those who use it to travel to work.

It is small and, if used at a slow speed, will not cause many accidents. Even if an accident occurs, it will not cause much harm.

It is also useful as a mobility device for food delivery. We should not overlook the benefit of food delivery in providing a livelihood for the delivery riders.

It is also a useful service to customers who has to stay at home to look after children and have the food delivered to their homes.

We should find a way for the PMDs to be used on footpaths, without causing harm to pedestrians.

What can be done?

Earlier this month, I was in Taipei. I spent three days in a mountain resort called Wulai.

The roads were narrow and had to be shared by cars, motor cycles and pedestrians. They were so narrow that when two cars need to pass each other in the opposite direction, one car has to move to the side to allow the other car to pass.

I was on the road making a video recording with my mobile phone.

There was a roar behind me, followed by the sound of a horn. Soon, a motorcycle passed me from behind at a slow speed.

I was aware of the motorcycle because of the roar of the engine. I suggest that the PMD should have a buzzer. When it is used at a safe speed, it should give an audible sound that can be heard by pedestrians.

When it exceeds a speed limit of 10 kph or 15 kph, it should give a loud sound, like a siren. This is not only to warn pedestrians but also to alert the rider that it is exceeding the allowed limit.

All PMDs using the footpath should be installed with this buzzer. It should be made a mandatory requirement. The rider should be responsible to ensure that the buzzer works as intended.

For wide footpaths, we should mark two separate paths to be used by PMD riders and pedestrians. For narrow pathways, we should widen it by removing the grass verge.

If it is not possible to widen the pathway, the PMD riders and pedestrians can share the same pathway, but the speed should be kept to less than 10 kph and both parties should exercise caution.

It may also be necessary to indicate the direction on which the PMD can be used.

For the side roads in HDB and private housing estates, we should allow the PMDs to be used on the road. The speed of the cars should be restricted to 20 kph. This should make the roads safe for PMD riders and bicycle riders.

My key point is – let us take steps to make the footpaths safe for pedestrians and PMD riders, without resorting to an outright ban.

Let me address the issue of the errant riders.

I have seen food delivery riders on several occasions. I noticed them because they were wearing jackets issued by the food delivery platforms.

On these occasions, I saw that they were moving at a safe speed and were careful.

My impression is that many PMD riders, including those involved in the delivery of food, are responsible riders. Agree or not?

I am sure that there were a few errant riders who travelled at a fast and dangerous speed. They were the people who caused the serious accidents that were reported.

We should find an effective way to deal with these errant riders and not impose an outright ban that affects the responsible riders.

I suggest that errant riders, who are caught and convicted, should be banned from using the PMDs. It is like revoking the license of an errant car or motorcycle rider.

Those who observe the speed limit and other safety regulations should be allowed to use the footpaths.

But all PMD riders should work together to keep the footpaths safe. This means riding at a safe speed. No rushing.

We should also address another source of the problem – the practice of the food delivery platforms. They offer attractive incentives that encourage the riders to make many deliveries in a day. This is the root cause of the pressure by the delivery riders to ride at high speed to achieve the targets.

The platforms should modify their incentives. The target should be the number of deliveries that a rider can make within the approved speed limit. Indeed, the platforms should set a limit on the number of deliveries that each rider can achieve in a day.

I call on these food delivery platforms to modify their incentive scheme and remove the pressure for the riders to travel at a fast and dangerous speed.

I call on the government to review the ban and find other ways to ensure the safety of our footpaths, without affecting the PMD riders who need to make a living or to use the PMD to get to work.

And I call on the PMD riders to cooperate and exercise slow and safe riding. Can I call you to cooperate and make the pathways safe for children to walk.

 

Tan Kin Lian

 

 

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18 Responses to “Speech by Tan Kin Lian on PMD ban at Hong Lim Park on 23 Nov 2019”

  • Lam Pah Mini:

    Hope PAP wont copy TKL solutions and idea and U-turn on their U-turn .

    Lets hope PAP is cornered.

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  • oxygen:

    PEDESTRIANS CAUSING INJURIES, sometimes fatal, to PMDs or PMDs causing injuries to pedestrians?

    IDIOT barking nonsense again.

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  • TruBlu:

    Does TKL think sharing our highway with aeroplanes appropriate?
    You want planes to land here,yoy build JEWEL$$$?
    You want PMDs to show ang mohs we are in sync with them,BUILD RIDING PATHS!

    FOOTways shud remain as FOOTways n thats that!
    While increase STRESS for an oredy stressed-out citizenry,what with over-crowding oredy so bad?

    Can older sgs aged less STRESSFULLY,Pls?
    Can we get back our LEISURE walks again?

    Dont be stooooopid.
    Policies shud only be implemented if they enhance our lives n not create more ptoblems.
    Else;what is the business of givernment?

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  • PAP Accept TKL Idea:

    If the PAP decides to accept TKL ideas, and if there are more deaths by PMD, would TKL be willing to kneel down at the coffins of the dead for one week to ask for forgiveness ? If agreed then go ahead.

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  • Harder Truths:

    $G is not meant for third world idiots who run people over and call it part of their employment requirement. They gave up their real jobs to FT and other $G should not have to pay a price for their mental problems.

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  • Pedestrian Safety First:

    All motorized vehicles on wheels should use the roadways; footpaths are for pedestrians on foot, handicapped persons on wheel-chairs, old people walking with “tongkat”, mothers pushing infants in prams, parents walking their children to schools and kindergartens, kids having fun riding their little tricycles, joggers and others who wish to be safe and protected from moving vehicles. If we allow footpaths to be used by cyclists and e-scooterists, soon the 75,000 others will also be doing the same, not just your food delivery riders. Then your footpaths will no longer be footpaths.

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  • Pedestrian Safety First:

    The PMD issue is a distraction from the BiG issues. In other countries, we see cyclists and scooterists share the roadways with other motorists and they happily co-exist. Why can’t the same be done in SG? Just have to be careful and considerate towards other road users; this should be emphasized in highway code/driving lessons.

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  • Change We Must:

    No,No.. footpaths are for pedestrians. Every infrastructure is built for its purpose, it is a big safety issue when we allow PMDs on footpaths.We are no different form other major cities that has also banned PMDs form walkways. Many elderly and children are using the footpaths everyday and LTA has to ensure they are safe. Enforcement is a big problem when there are so many PMDs zooming up and down every minute on the footpaths.

    LTA has made a great mistake in the first place by allowing PMDs on footpaths. They have to think hard to build more infrastructures to cater for PMDs. Policies like insurance coverage, annual PMDs path-tax and pathway should be in place and also get the PMD riders to attend safe riding course and maybe they also need a license to operate PMDs. Use the money collected to build more paths for PMDs.

    BTW, How is LTA going to enforce those PMDs coming from Malaysia?? Like those Malaysian Cars, they are not in compliant with our LTA standards, double standard ?? Foreigners got better right than Singaporean??

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  • Bapak:

    May the 75k VTO, period. Less talk, more action.

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  • Vortex48:

    The smart Sg’s are aware that TKL is an ex (Pathetic Autistic Party) member. However, he had made about 5% good points but the rest were cow droppings.
    Unfortunately for it to work, ALL PMD’s owners should pay a small nominal licensing fee and become the registered owner. It must at all times be “for road use only” together with all other motorised vehicles. It is the risk taken by the PMD owner. At anytime if they flaunt the law by using any footpath meant for pedestrians. The law can stipulate the PMD will be confiscated and the person will be barred from obtaining a new licence for 6 months. (Do not punish by invoking a mandatory fine because “fines” are easily paid) The greed of our pathetic autistic persons modus operandi will always be to use this method as their cash cow. The better solution is to vote them out and rebuild Singapore from scratch.
    Also, the comments made by
    “Pedestrian Safety First:” Hit the nail on the head
    Hello “Oxygen” you’ve been a very loyal TRE contributor

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  • Dear Mr Tan:

    Maybe PAP should allow ebikes and light weight motorcycles on pedestrian walkway too. They can carry more food per trip.
    Big truck drivers also make money on per trip basis.
    After all, accidents, injuries and death are part and parcel of life. Lives are cheap for cheap Singaporeans, sorry not for the expensive rich ones.
    Maybe, PAP should allow these “gig” workers to transport people too, after all it is gig economy.
    PAP has no excuse this time to streamline the bus system, a great idea you propose because every father mother sons and daughters, every father mother parents, every son and daughter fathers and mothers, retrenched, jobless, retired, underemployed will join the gig economy private this private that jobs like private banking.
    You dont see MRT in Vietnam, and their pubic transport system is very streamline and cheap … you know why.
    Mr Tan, you can think critically and come up with more and better ideas than I.
    LHL … are you listening …
    … to Mr Tan Kin Lian?

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  • My dear Mr Tan Kin Lian:

    PAP helicopter’d you into NTUC Income as CEO. I know why, because you were PAP member and crony.
    You admitted you had no experience.
    Your complaints and comments in this forum showed you had no ideas about insurance industry and even NTUC Income policies, or you conveniently forget or simply lie – claim hospital fees only from only one insurance company. One person rebuked you that Income didnt pay him a single cent because he stayed in a higher class ward than insured when you were Income CEO.
    I didnt know why PAP removed you from NTUC Income. I thought you left PAP and then Income decided to retire you.
    Now I can kind figure out – you were a liability to PAP. Hmm …, maybe you are a PAP plant.
    Who knows you may be earning million $ as chairmen and directors of some companies, like Danabalan (who couldnt even remember things or speak clearly) or ex Generals.
    I am trying very hard to think critically.

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  • Let me think critically ...:

    … how to gain popularity.
    One day, it may hold me in good stead should I decide to stand for election, I mean GE or by election, not the dubious EP election.
    Should I go against my conscience like the other politicians or aspires to be one?

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  • prp:

    E-scooter riders should ride at slow speed and slow down when they encounter pedestrians.If they can do that, there would be little problem.

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  • oxygen:

    @ Vortex

    YES, HELLO and greetings to you too.

    If the far overwhelming majority of pedestrians can’t have a narrow pathway to walk, then @ tkl better instruct the Pathetic Autistic Party comrades to amend the traffic laws.

    Henceforth, victims of road fatal accidents must wake up from the “sleep” to compensate reckless drivers who overrun them in violation of road rules at traffic junctions or zebra crossings.

    @ tkl is really outstandingly overachieving of his cow droppings.

    Car-lite really, in my little mind, means fewer cars on the road, more space to share with bicycle, e-scooters, PMDs – not the other way around of congesting pedestrians to walk in that “mythical underground pathway”above grounds which PMDs can wreak havoc as they please.

    The correct way to make our roads car-lite is to restrict licence plate via lucky draw, and make it non-transferable for owner/driver with 10 year mandatory gap between each successful bidding..

    Vortex48: The smart Sg’s are aware that TKL is an ex (Pathetic Autistic Party) member. However, he had made about 5% good points but the rest were cow droppings.
    Unfortunately for it to work, ALL PMD’s owners should pay a small nominal licensing fee and become the registered owner. It must at all times be “for road use only” together with all other motorised vehicles. It is the risk taken by the PMD owner. At anytime if they flaunt the law by using any footpath meant for pedestrians. The law can stipulate the PMD will be confiscated and the person will be barred from obtaining a new licence for 6 months. (Do not punish by invoking a mandatory fine because “fines” are easily paid) The greed of our pathetic autistic persons modus operandi will always be to use this method as their cash cow. The better solution is to vote them out and rebuild Singapore from scratch.
    Also, the comments made by
    “Pedestrian Safety First:” Hit the nail on the head
    Hello “Oxygen” you’ve been a very loyal TRE contributor

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  • prp:

    Walkway can be renamed as pavement.

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  • oxygen:

    @ prp

    WHATEVER NAME YOU LIKE TO CALL IT, it is still the SAME CONSTRAINED SPACE.

    prp: Walkway can be renamed as pavement.

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  • George:

    Khaw BW and Tan CJ do not care for PMDs or Singaporeans, VOTE THEM OUT !

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