E-scooter bans have been in place for a while now.
Welcome to Earth if you still don’t know about what’s been going on.
The E-scooter bans on footpaths have certainly been met with a lot of backlash, notably from food delivery riders.
Then, awhile back, the government introduced an S$7 million grant to help food delivery riders replace their electric scooters.
So how’s that been going for them?
Pretty Good Numbers
Because sometimes, numbers can help paint a nice picture.
According to The Straits Times, more than 2,800 applications for the e-scooter Trade-in Grant have been approved for delivery riders from three major food delivery companies.
Which are GrabFood, Foodpanda and Deliveroo in case you guys were wondering.
Senior Minister of State for Transport Lam Pin Min, has even made a Facebook post regarding this encouraging E-scooter related news.
Something that’s a nice change from all the PMD negativity, really.
It’s been a hot minute since we’ve seen these riders with smiling faces.
Dr Lam also gives a quick reminder to apply for the grant before 31 December since penalties will be in place by 1 January 2020.
He even visited a one-stop location in Sin Ming where GrabFood were helping riders transition to new devices.
Nice guy, Transport Minister.
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How To Apply For The Grant
Pretty important, especially if you’re a food delivery rider or know a pal that is one.
To qualify for the grant, riders have to surrender their e-scooters at disposal points located on Grab, Deliveroo and Foodpanda premises.
Riders who trade in their existing e-scooters will receive up to S$1,000 to buy a power-assisted bicycle (PABs) or S$600 for a regular one.
I’m not too sure about PABs but $600 is way more than an average bicycle price so that’s pretty sweet!
Dr Lam also advised riders to download the MyTransport.SG app and familiarise themselves with the 440km of cycling paths around the island.
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