Now that the government, NTUC, e2i and WSG are listening to the concerns of the PMD riders. What are the opportunities for food delivery riders?
Wouldn’t this be a good chance to negotiate for a better deal? Not for higher subsidies for PAB, but more grants and subsidies for re-training or to be placed into jobs with a better prospect?
The ban is here to stay due to the increased in irresponsible riding and accidents involving PMDs. What we are talking is about the severe injuries, pedestrians and reckless PMD riders sustained and even loss of lives.
Despite all government efforts to expand and improve infrastructure, stricter regulations and enforcements and even public education on PMDs, the situation did not improve but has gotten worst.
So who is to blame for the ban? Most definitely not the government but the irresponsible PMD riders out there (including the food delivery ones).
Additionally, generous incentives for such food deliveries aren’t permanent. It not unusual for these companies to cut incentives when they monopolised the market. Aforementioned is already happening to Grabcar drivers. Their incentives were reduced, and earnings dropped drastically. Why do you think it won’t be happening to the food delivery PMD riders? The incentive for food delivery riders will not last forever, and income will drop when removed.
Furthermore, technology is catching up on food deliveries too. In China and the US, there are already robots delivering food to customers. Human-assisted food deliveries would probably be phased out in the next 5 to 10 years in Singapore judging by the technological advances in robotics and AI.
Therefore, shouldn’t these PMD riders consider other job options which are probably much more stable than just doing food deliveries? Think about the longer-term solution than just a short term one.
Realistically, PMD food delivery jobs will cease to exist once these delivery robots take over.
Why not make this an opportunity to negotiate through constructive and progressive conversation, for higher training grants and subsidies or placement into better jobs with better pay.
That would be the smart thing to do.