The Land Transport Authority (LTA) has revised the pricing for bike-sharing licensing fees in July.
It has halved the fees to $15 per bike for full licenses and $6 per bike for sandbox licenses.
LTA said that this move “will help reduce compliance costs for operators and support bicycle-sharing as an option for active mobility.”
Following this price revision, LTA has refunded over $570,000 to bike-sharing firms in Singapore.
Refund Ranges From $6,000 to $375,000
Chinese firm Mobike may have quit the bike-sharing market in Singapore, but it received the biggest refund of $375,000.
It used the money to operate its fleet of 25,000 bicycles. This meant that SG Bike, which took over Mobike’s license, paid less for the US$1.9 million (S$2.54 million) takeover deal.
Following the acquisition, it will absorb Mobike’s fleet, capped at 25,000. This increased fleet size makes SG Bike the largest bike-sharing firm in Singapore.
Meanwhile, Anywheel received a refund of $150,000 for the licence to operate 10,000 bicycles.
Newest player Moov Mobility is believed to receive a refund of about $6,000, as it was operating a fleet of 1,000 bicycles on a sandbox licence before the reduced fees kicked in.
According to The Straits Times, bike-sharing firms plan to reinvest these savings in their operations, which could result in cheaper rides.
Instead of the usual bike rental fee of S$1 for a 30-minute ride, they now cost about $0.50.
However, these lowered fees might result in an unsustainable business model for the industry in the long run.
The bike-sharing industry in Singapore has already seen a sharp decline over the years. Issues such as indiscriminate parking by users and abuse of the bicycles has unfortunately put the brakes on these companies’ growth.
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