Penang trishaw riders will receive RM20 weekly in conjunction with Georgetown Car Free Day which falls on every Sunday.
PETALING JAYA: Moving towards promoting an environmentally friendly lifestyle, the Penang Municipal Council will declare Sundays as ‘Georgetown Car Free Day’ which will also offer direct cash benefits to trishaw riders.
Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said the idea of a car-free-day apart from effectively reducing car usage on the island will also help other lower income group increase their revenue.
“It will also help the lower income groups, especially the trishaw riders to increase their income as only bicycles and trishaws will be allowed to operate on selected streets,” he said.
Lim said trishaw riders who presented themselves at the Georgetown Car Free day, which is on every Sunday of the month, will receive RM100.
Car Free Day will be held on Sundays from 7am to 5pm at specific locations in Georgetown.
Lim said the RM100 a month in financial aid will be disbursed on a weekly basis.
“Trishaw riders will be given RM20 a week when they present themselves at a specific gathering point on Georgetown Car Free Day.
“A bonus of RM20 will paid if they attend all Sundays of the month. This will ensure that trishaws are made available for tourists in the specified area and only genuine trishaw riders benefit,” said Lim in a statement today.
Lim said the aid is an adjustment to a proposal by state exco for tourism and culture, Danny Law who had asked that the trishaw riders be given RM200 every two months.
On Nov 11, about 40 trishaw riders submitted a memorandum to Lim demanding a minimum RM100 monthly financial aid from the state government.
The trishaw riders, who are reportedly members of the Penang Trishaw Riders Association, claimed the the state government had done nothing for them since 2008.