Some of us might have rejoiced in the aftermath of the Personal Mobility Device (PMD) Ban on footpaths.
But after all is said and done, have we really stopped to think about who really suffers in the end?
Here, before anything, take a look at this video to understand more about this ban:
Elderly GrabFood Uncle Dozing Off Between Deliveries Show Us Who PMD Ban Really Affect
This incident truly broke my heart.
A Facebook user by the name of Isaac Chew Sheng Yuan took to Facebook to share a picture and video of an elderly food delivery rider dozing off while sitting on the sidewalk.
Isaac details how the elderly rider allegedly rides a “UL2272 certified non-modified” PMD, which means it’s 100% legal. He also explains that the man is dozing off because he’s tired from his hard work of making the deliveries and how he “chiong orders”.
But he explains that he has no choice and although he would love to go home and sleep he can’t because he needs to earn a living.
Which comes to the core problem: The PMD Ban.
Isaac then points out that the PMD Ban will affect this elderly rider who needs to deliver food to make ends meet.
He says, “You ask this type of rider cannot ride PMD in footpath, push all the way for 2km, or ride bicycle and deliver order. Possible? More likely he die halfway then possible.”
Clarifies That He Isn’t Blaming The Government But Wants To Highlight That There Are Responsible Riders
He also clarifies that the post “is not meant to blame the government” but to point out that there are in fact many responsible riders who are just trying to earn some money.
He also says that there should have been more thought put into the PMD Ban before it was implemented.
We certainly empathize with this elderly uncle and hopes that something can be worked out for these food delivery riders.
Personal Mobility Device (PMD) Ban
For those who have been hiding in a cave somewhere when news came out, here is a brief summary of the PMD Ban that’s causing a stir in Singapore.
- PMDs are now banned from footpaths.
- Errant riders will be given a fine of up to $2,000 if they fail to comply. A grace period will be given until 31 December 2019 and they’ll only receive a warning.
- PMDs are banned from riding on grass patches too; failure to comply will result in a fine of up to $5,000.
- PMDs are banned at void decks as well; failure to comply will result in a fine of up to $5,000.
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