TL;DR – Food delivery riders who have yet to apply for the grant are reminded to do so before 31 December 2019.
It has been almost two months since authorities made the announcement that electric scooters will be banned from footpaths.
Following the announcement of the ban, the authorities have worked with food delivery riders across the three major food delivery companies – Grabfood, Foodpanda and Deliveroo – to set up a $7 million e-scooter Trade-in Grant (eTG).
Under this scheme, each qualifying rider will receive an eTG of up to $1,000 when they switch to Power Assisted Bicycles (PABs) or $600 for bicycles.
In a Facebook post dated 16 December 2019, Senior Minister of State for Transport Lam Pin Min wrote that currently, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) has received more than 3,000 applications and approved over 2,800 applications from riders across the three major food delivery companies.
The number of applications received is almost half of the 7,000 food delivery riders who were affected by the e-scooter ban on footpaths.
In his post, Lam urges for those food delivery riders who have yet to apply for the grant to switch to new bicycles, Power-Assisted Bicycles (PABs) or Personal Mobility Aids (PMAs) to send in their application before the end of December.
E-scooters are no longer allowed on footpaths and strict enforcement will start on 1 January 2020.