E-scooters and mopeds banned on Malaysian roads, transport ministry says

The Ministry of Transport has said that the use of some micro-mobility vehicles on the road has been banned. As reported by They And FMTTransport Minister Wei Ka Seong said the ban was gazetted under the Road Traffic (Prohibition of Use of Specific Microbility Vehicles) Rules 2021 and came into effect on December 17, 2021.

According to the Ministry, micro-mobility refers to a vehicle powered by electricity, an internal combustion engine, or human power, or a combination of one of the two mentioned above, with a maximum speed of 50 km / h. “We want to make it work because more micromobility vehicles are being used on the road late. This can be dangerous not only for users but also for other road users, “said Wei.

Prohibitions include mopeds, personal mobility assistants (such as motorized wheelchairs, mobility scooters) and personal mobility devices (such as e-scooters, hoverboards, skateboards, kick scooters). “The public can use these devices. But they can’t use it on public roads where these vehicles will mix with other motor vehicles and put everyone at risk, “Wei explained.

Bicycles are also considered as micro-mobility vehicles, Wei explained that they were not banned from the road, although riders still have to comply with existing rules and road traffic rules under the Road Transport Act, such as not cycling on highways.

In a related note, electric bicycles fall under the same rules applicable to regular bikes, but these vehicles must comply with the requirements of the standard section. “The main feature of electric bicycles that distinguishes them from mopeds is the lack of throttle, with pedals that are permanently attached to the vehicle,” Wei said.

He added that the police and the Department of Road Transport (JPJ) would enforce the ban and those who violated the law could be prosecuted under the Road Transport Act. “All relevant authorities, including local authorities, are being requested to monitor the use of micro-mobility vehicles in their respective jurisdictions,” he said.

“Local authorities can create road infrastructure that supports the safe use of micro-mobility vehicles, such as bicycle lanes, which will not mix with existing traffic flows,” he added.

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