Lihua was a regular customer of Eko Life, a popular electric bicycle shop in Singapore. He owned an electric bicycle that he used for his job as a Grab delivery person. Lihua relied on his electric bicycle to make a living, and he needed it to be fast and efficient in order to keep up with the demands of his job.
When Lihua bought his electric bicycle, he didn’t have enough money to pay for it all at once. So, he agreed to a payment plan with FundBox, a financing company that offered instalment plans for electric bicycles. Lihua was happy with this arrangement, because it allowed him to get the electric bicycle, he needed without having to pay for it all upfront.
One day, Lihua decided to modify his electric bicycle by adding a throttle and increasing the motor power. He wanted his bicycle to be even faster and more powerful, so that he could deliver more food and earn more money. Lihua knew that modifying his electric bicycle was against the law, but he didn’t think it was a big deal. He figured that as long as he didn’t get caught, he would be fine.
Lihua searched online for someone who could modify his electric bicycle, and he eventually found a freelance technician on Carousell, a peer-to-peer selling platform. The technician offered to modify Lihua’s electric bicycle for a cheap price, and Lihua agreed. The technician came to Lihua’s house and worked on his electric bicycle in the garage. When the technician was finished, Lihua’s electric bicycle was faster and more powerful than ever before. Lihua was thrilled with the results, and he couldn’t wait to start using his new and improved electric bicycle for his deliveries.
But Lihua didn’t know that the government had recently introduced a new law, the Active Mobility Bill, which proposed to increase the fine for modifying electric bicycles to $5,000. If the law was approved, Lihua could be in big trouble.
One day, while Lihua was making a delivery, a traffic police officer saw him and noticed that his e-bike had been modified. The officer stopped Lihua and asked to see his documents. When Lihua couldn’t provide the necessary documents, the officer confiscated his electric bicycle and issued him a fine for $5,000. The officer also told Lihua that his electric bicycle would be destroyed and that he could not get it back
Lihua was shocked and devastated. He didn’t have that much money, and he didn’t know how he was going to pay the fine. He realized that he had made a big mistake by modifying his electric bicycle, and that he had put his livelihood at risk. Lihua also realized that the freelance technician who had modified his electric bicycle was not qualified or licensed to do so, and that he had put his safety at risk by trusting him.
Lihua knew that he had to pay the fine in order to avoid any further consequences, but he didn’t have enough money to pay it all at once. He called FundBox, his family and explained the situation, and they were very helpful and understanding. They helped him pay off the fine in monthly instalments, just like he was doing with the electric bicycle. However, Lihua still had to pay off the remaining balance on the electric bicycle that was confiscated, even though he could not get it back.
Lihua was relieved that FundBox and his family was able to help him, but he was still worried about how he was going to pay off the fine and the remaining balance on his electric bicycle. He knew that he would have to work extra hard and make more deliveries in order to make the payments on time. Lihua was determined to never break the law again and to always use his electric bicycle responsibly. He learned his lesson the hard way, and he was grateful that he still had a chance to make things right.