LTA halts free e-trishaw rides for the elderly as device weight, size in breach of law

E-trishaws' weight, size in breach of law; group in talks with LTA for exemption

Volunteer Chua Beng Wan giving a ride to retiree Lee Kee Siang and his granddaughter Janet on Oct 8, 2016. ST FILE PHOTO
Volunteer Chua Beng Wan giving a ride to retiree Lee Kee Siang and his granddaughter Janet on Oct 8, 2016. ST FILE PHOTO

Giving the elderly a chance to "feel the wind in their hair" is the aim of Cycling Without Age (CWA), a non-profit organisation which offers senior citizens free rides around Singapore on electric-powered trishaws.

But since May, CWA's three-wheeler initiative has been at a standstill after the organisation was informed by the Land Transport Authority (LTA) that it is breaching the Active Mobility Act, introduced last year to regulate the rising number of transport devices being used on the Republic's pavements.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 25, 2019, with the headline 'Free e-trishaw rides for the elderly halted'. Print Edition | Subscribe