The ongoing issue about the prohibition of electric scooters on footpaths is… complicated.
Right now, it’s clearly a head-splitting issue for the powers that be — a law suddenly passed in Parliament has created an influx of forthright backlash from the very people who rely on e-scooters to make a living: food delivery riders.
It’s a tricky balance, that’s for sure. On the one hand, the government had to react swiftly and strongly to the concerning number of serious e-scooter accidents that keeps increasing despite various measures.
On the other hand, the zero-tolerance approach would affect the law-abiding riders who use e-scooters for gainful employment in the gig economy as food delivery personnel under the likes of GrabFood and Foodpanda.