Nee Soon Town Council rolls out motorised tricycles for cleaners

Cleaner Chen Xiannan, 62, said the use of the motorised tricycles has cut cleaning time by half.
Cleaner Chen Xiannan, 62, said the use of the motorised tricycles has cut cleaning time by half.PHOTO: NEE SOON TOWN COUNCIL
Mr Dhar Newton (left), 23, and Mr Hannif Mohammed, 34, on the tricycles-with-bins.
Mr Dhar Newton (left), 23, and Mr Hannif Mohammed, 34, on the tricycles-with-bins.PHOTO: NEE SOON TOWN COUNCIL

SINGAPORE - Nee Soon Town Council, which introduced manual tricycles for cleaners to carry rubbish bins last December, also rolled out a fleet of motorised tricycles on Monday (Nov 28).

With its 21 motorised tricycles, Nee Soon Town Council is the first town council in Singapore to use such vehicles for estate cleaning, it said in a statement on Tuesday.

Its 20 manual tricycles will still see action as well.

Cleaner Chen Xiannan, 62, said the introduction of the motorised tricycles has cut cleaning time by half.

"Previously, when cleaning areas were far from the waste collection centre, like open-air carparks and bicycle paths, I used a 660-litre trolley bin," said Mr Chen.

"When the bin is full, the trolley gets very heavy and I have to push for a few kilometres. Cleaning takes about an hour. Now, I drive the motorised tricycle and is easier."

Cleaners in the estate have received training on how to operate the new motorised tricycles. They must wear helmets for safety and keep to a speed limit of 25kmh. The tricycles are allowed only on service roads within prescribed areas, and are not permitted to use main roads.

Nee Soon Town Council chairman Louis Ng, who is also a Member of Parliament for Nee Soon GRC, said cleaners' welfare was a consideration in the introduction of the motorised tricycles.

He said: "We look at all ways to improve the working and living standards for everyone - from improving the workflow, to implementing new technologies."

The project is a collaboration between the town council and its conservancy contractors.