In late April this year, the Ministry of Transport announced a ban on micro-mobility vehicles on the road, including e-bikes and e-scooters.
Since then, there has been a heated discussion among road users with many pointing out that these vehicles should be regulated instead of being banned outright.
Meanwhile, Perak has also announced a similar ruling, whereby the use of micro-mobility vehicles including e-bikes are prohibited.
In a statement, Kampar’s IPD Traffic Enforcement Division said Personal Mobility Devices and Personal Mobility Aids are banned on the road and one can be fined RM2,000 or jailed for up to 6 months if found offending the rule.
“At this period of time, Kampar IPD Traffic Enforcement Division will conduct one-week-long advocacy in Kampar district to educate and give awareness to the public about the dangers of using Micro-mobility Vehicles on the road. Enforcement actions will start being implemented after that period,” the statement said.
Following the announcement, university students were confused if they are still allowed to use their e-bikes around the housing area or inside the campus.
This particular response from the student representative council (SRC) of Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) Kampar Campus has left everybody with even more questions.
According to an infographic shared by the SRC UTAR Kampar Campus on 5 May, it said students are allowed to ride e-bikes to school, but they need to “push the e-bike to cross the main road”.
It also answered the question if students can cycle on the main road if the e-bike included pedals. “No, as long as there is a battery and motor engine on your bike, it is considered illegal”.
Naturally, many students find this response ridiculous and many criticised the council for not handling the issue professionally.
Following the confusion, the council released a statement to apologise for its negligence in clarifying the issue. The council said that it is still in discussion with the authorities and they will issue an update notice to the students.
As for now, the local authorities have advised the students to either move the e-bikes manually to cross the main road, or to remove the battery and engine from the e-bike.
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