The Ministry of Transport (MOT) has announced immediate bans on road use for three types of microbility vehicles classified into three categories namely Moped, Personal Mobility Devices (PMD) and Personal Mobility Aids (PMA).
Transport Minister Datuk Seri Wei Ka Seong gave the information in the report Astro Awani Yesterday, a ban on micromobility vehicles was imposed on three departments under the Traffic (Prohibition of Use of Specific Moving Vehicles) Rules 2021 which came into effect from 17 December 2021.
The MOT states that this micromobility vehicle refers to a vehicle that combines the above two types of power using electric power, internal combustion engine or human power, or human power, with a maximum speed of 50 km / h.
“The use of micromobility vehicles on the road is dangerous not only for vehicle users but also for other users,” Wei said.
“The use of this vehicle, mixed with the flow of other motor vehicle traffic on the road, would create the risk of a similar tragedy, as in the case of the mountain bike accident that claimed eight lives,” he told a news conference yesterday.
Examples of banned mopeds and PMAs include motorized wheelchairs and mobility scooters, while PMDs include e-scooters, skateboards, hoverboards And foot scooters.
Wei said the use of prohibited micromobility vehicles on the road could be prosecuted under the Road Transport Act 1978, a compound of RM300, and the agencies that would enforce the ban were the Department of Road Transport and the police.
“We are concerned that when Edilfitri arrives, many users of micromobility vehicles will go to the city to gather because they know that there are no vehicles on the road. It’s dangerous for road users, “he said.
However, according to him, the use of these three classes of micromobility vehicles is still allowed in buildings and areas where there is no mix of traffic flow.
“I have no objection if they want to use this car at home or on private land as long as it is not on the road.
“The use of micromobility vehicles on the road will be considered if the local authority (PBT) provides road infrastructure facilities that support the use of vehicles,” he said.
He further explained that the use of bicycles, rickshaws and electric bicycles is permitted but the rules laid down under the Road Transport Act 1987 and the Road Traffic Rules 1959 must be complied with.
“For electric bicycle use, only Malaysian standard, MS2514: Electric Bicycle is allowed on the road to comply with the specification.”