One of the hot issues right now in Malaysia is the ‘Basikal Lajak’ case which is still the talk of the town and one that has stirred up intense debate on social media. Taking the matter into account, the transport ministry has made a decision that Mopeds, electronic scooters and other micro-mobility devices are not allowed on public roads with immediate effect.
This swift decision was made by its minister Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong yesterday (26th April) during the press conference held in Putrajaya.
“I have no objections if they want to use these vehicles at home or on private roads as long as they aren’t on public roads,” Wee continues.
Wee also said that the Road Traffic (Prohibition of Use of Certain Microbility Vehicles) Rules 2021 had been enforced since 17th December last year.
“We want to enforce this because more and more micro-mobility vehicles are being used on the road as of late. This can pose a danger not just to the users but also to other road users,” he said.
The minister however pointed out that authorities were not prohibiting the use of these vehicles in total.
“The public can use these devices. But they cannot use it on public roads where these vehicles will mix with other motor vehicles and put everyone at risk,” he added.
“The use of certain micro-mobility vehicles is also not permitted on roads in residential areas,” he added.
On the use of bicycles, Wee said that although their use on roads is allowed, they would have to abide by regulations under the Road Transport Act and Road Traffic Rules. Guidelines on the safe use of bicycles have been issued by the Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (Miros).
“For electric bicycles, only those which meet Malaysia Standard MS2514: Electric Bicycles (electric pedal-assisted bicycles) specifications are allowed to be used on the road,” he explained.
Dear parents, if you see your kids in a place that can harm themselves, please advise them to be cautious. Keep in mind that action could be taken against you for neglecting and exposing your children to danger due to lack of supervision, an offence punishable with up to a five-year jail term or RM20,000 fine or both.
And to others, please be responsible citizens.