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Micro-mobility devices are banned on the road with immediate effect, says Dr Wee

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The use of certain micro-mobility vehicles on public roads is prohibited with immediate effect, said Transport Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong.

In a press conference yesterday (26 April), the transport minister said the prohibition includes electric scooters, devices with internal combustion engines, human-powered transport, mopeds as well as personal mobility aids.

A moped is an electric-powered vehicle with two or three wheels that do not exceed a speed of 50km/h.

Dr Wee said the Road Traffic (Prohibition of Use of Certain Microbility Vehicles) Rules 2021 had been enforced since 17 December 2021.

“We want to enforce this because more and more micro-mobility vehicles are being used on the road of late.”

“This can pose a danger not just to the users but also to other road users,” he said.

Source: SpaceO

Meanwhile, the transport minister said they are 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 said, adding that these vehicles are also not permitted on roads in residential areas.

As for bicycles, Dr 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.

He also said the Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (Miros) has already issued the guidelines on the safe use of bicycles.

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 added.

Watch the press conference here:

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