The Town and Country Planning Department (PlanMalaysia) will prepare a detailed guideline on the ban on the use of micro-mobility vehicles, says Transport Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong.
He said that he had a discussion session with associations and micro-mobility vehicle operators at his office in Putrajaya on Sunday (June 12) and he had received several good suggestions and views from the group and the ministry will consider adopting them.
In a statement posted on his official Facebook account, he revealed the suggestions include having micro-mobility vehicle associations and operators to be included in the Ministry joint committee, as well as continuing the safety awareness campaign of these vehicles to the public.
Meanwhile, the transport minister stressed that the government had never banned the use of micromobility vehicles in the country, instead, they are only restricted from being used on roads, including pedestrian crossing.
“The ban only applies on the road in order to preserve the safety of the public. In fact, this decision was taken after taking into account the views and involvement of various stakeholders, including local authorities,” he said.
He explained that if micro-mobility vehicles are used in safe and controlled environments, that is allowed.
On April 26, the transport ministry announced a ban on use of certain micro-mobility vehicles on public roads and this include vehicles such as mopeds, personal mobility aids (motorised wheelchairs and such), as well as personal mobility devices including e-scooters, kick scooters, hoverboards and skateboards.
A moped is a two-wheeled or three-wheeled electric-powered vehicle with a maximum speed not exceeding 50km/h.
While bicycles are not subjected to this law, electric pedal-assisted bicycles can only be used on the road if they fulfilled the Malaysian Standard MS2514 Specification and that they are also throttle-less and equipped with permanent pedals.
Nonetheless, Dr Wee did not detail any specifics regarding the guidelines or when they will be released.