MONTHLY RECAP | SEPTEMBER 2020
Mobility Awards launched in Philippines on World Car Free Day
The first ever Mobility Awards was launched, in celebration of World Car Free Day and to recognize the most bike-friendly cities, workplaces, and commercial establishments in Metro Manila.
The inaugural round of the Mobility Awards will recognize the top three nominated cities or municipalities, workplaces, and commercial establishments in the Metro Manila, as determined by a panel of judges composed of heads and representatives from MNL Moves, Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities (ICSC), The Climate Reality Project Philippines (TCRP PH), 350 Pilipinas, 350.org Asia, and Pinay Bike Commuter Community.
Nominations are open until October 22 via the website mobilityawards.ph, and winners will be awarded on October 29. The organizers hope to hold the awards nationwide in the future.
Bangkok SkyTrain offers free rides for cyclists on World Car Free Day
In celebration of World Car Free Day, Bangkok’s SkyTrain (BTS) offers free rides to those who bring along a bicycle.
Cyclists can carry their bicycles into the Silom and Sukhumvit lines free of charge all day except during the morning peak (6:30am – 10:00am), while those with foldable bikes can ride for free all day.
The company will also give away 10,000 plant seeds to BTS passengers from 10am onwards at the main Siam Station. Such seeds, once grown into trees, he claims, are able to catch PM2.5 dust particles.
Ho Chi Minh City develops plan for underground spaces
As part of the Ho Chi Minh City’s effort to renovate its inner districts, the city authorities are developing a plan for design and construction of underground spaces around metro line stations in the next five years.
According to Ly Khanh Tam Thao, head of the city Department of Planning and Architecture’s Technical Infrastructure Management Department, the city wants to “create an underground space full of state-of-the-art public facilities to best serve its citizens”.
Development of underground spaces will focus initially on the city’s central area, covering 930ha in districts 1 and 3, Binh Thanh district, and a part of District 4. Underground areas will be developed into commercial centres, museums and other cultural spaces, parking spaces, as well as other works such as drainage and flood prevention projects.
Trevo kicks off research on sustainability of car-sharing in Malaysia
Socar Mobility Malaysia subsidiary Trevo submitted its research concept, and has already kicked off a multi-phase year-long research, which seeks to demonstrate the sustainability of people-to-people (P2P) car sharing in Malaysia and strengthen its viability.
Trevo was the first to embrace Malaysia’s National Transport Policy 2019-2030’s vision to involve public participation and stakeholder engagement in the development of transport initiatives, and to embed robust evidence-based assessment in the planning and development of transportation.
The research aims to identify areas for improvement, including challenges and gaps in the system that may be revealed as the car sharing community grows, such as (1) insurance coverage needs and other safety and security measures, (2) regulatory and licensing frameworks, and (3) areas of possible ambiguity.
Singapore Government extends support to Point-to-Point (P2P) sector
“This package of relief measures will further help to support our drivers and operators through this difficult period and mitigate some of their concerns and challenges.” -Senior Minister (Ministries of Transport and of Sustainability and the Environment) Dr. Amy Khor
Considering that the pandemic crisis adversely affected the taxi and private hire car (PHC) drivers and operators, the Singapore Government will set aside additional $112 million – on top of the $197 million package earlier this year – to extend the Point-to-Point Support Package (PPSP).
The package is mostly for the six-month extension of the Special Relief Fund (SRF) which provides monthly payouts of $300 per vehicle per month (i.e. $10 per day). Over 40,000 drivers who are currently receiving SRF payouts will continue to receive SRF payouts during the extended period.
Some of the other reliefs extended until March 2021 are:extension of special relief for unhired taxis until March 2021 (est. $4.6 million), and extension of licence fee waiver (est. $1.2 million). The taxi operators also extend support to its drivers through commission rebates and rental waivers/discounts, including full rental waivers by some operators during the Circuit Breaker period.