Former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has called on the government to facilitate the use of micromobility vehicles instead of banning them on Facebook.
In April, the government announced that certain micromobility vehicles would be banned from being used on the road. Prohibitions included mopeds, personal mobility assistants (such as motorized wheelchairs, mobility scooters) and personal mobility devices (such as e-scooters, hoverboards, skateboards, kick scooters). Bicycles and e-bicycles are exempt from this ruling, although users still have to comply with existing rules under the Road Transport Act and the Road Traffic Rules.
In his post on the social media site, Najib said that an optimal and effective relationship between the first and last mile connection was important for the success of public transport systems like bus and rail transit (LRT, KTM Komuter, Monorail, MRT).
“The use of micromobility vehicles can play an important role in the success of first mile and last mile connections,” he said. For the convenience of micromobility vehicles, Najib suggested that the government impose a condition on such vehicles so that they meet the required safety clearances before they can be sold here.
Micromobility refers to a vehicle powered by electricity, an internal combustion engine, or human power, or a combination of either of the two mentioned above, with a maximum speed of 50 km / h.
Najib said these vehicles should be classified according to the five modes of transport in the city, such as walking, cycling, motorcycles, cars and buses. In the case of small micromobility vehicles that are not capable of speeding more than walking, he said they should be allowed to be used by pedestrians. In the meantime, vehicles near bicycles should be allowed to use them on and off existing bicycle routes.
According to a report The sunThe Ministry of Transport (MoT) is working closely with the Ministry of Housing and Local Government (KPKT) to draft guidelines for the use of micromobility vehicles.
“Micromobility vehicles are covered by the MOT and as such, we have control over the road (vehicle usage). For regions other than roads, it is up to the KPKT to establish guidelines for deciding where such vehicles can be used, “said Mike Chong Yue Chuan, special functions officer to the transport minister.
“The MOT has never imposed a complete ban on the use of such vehicles. Members of the public can still use them, but only in places designated by the KPKT and local authorities (PBT), ”he added.
Najib added in his post that users of micromobility vehicles who act irresponsibly and obstruct other road users or pedestrians will face heavy fines and penalties. Najib concludes that the availability of micromobility is critical to the success of public transport, which the government has invested heavily in reducing traffic congestion in the city.
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The problem with micromobility vehicles came to light last year when a viral video on social media showed a man driving an e-scooter on a busy public road, leading the Ministry of Transport to issue a current ban on road traffic (ban on the use of certain microbility vehicles). Which came into effect on December 17, 2021
Singapore followed the same path long ago by banning the use of personal mobility devices (PMDs) on all sidewalks in November 2019 due to an increase in e-scooter-related injuries and deaths. Even banned from sidewalks by the PMD, such devices can still be used on cycling paths and country park connecting networks.
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