E-scooters banned on roads in Malaysia starting 1 Jan 2021
E-scooter had been gaining popularity these days and it is becoming a trend these days. However, all good things will come to an end and e-scooters had met theirs when the Malaysia government had decided to regulate them.
As reported in Bernama on 12 Dec 2020, legal action will be imposed on individuals who ride e-scooters on the roads starting 1 Jan 2021.
According to Kuala Lumpur Traffic Enforcement and Investigation Department chief ACP Zulkefly Yahya, they have received numerous complaints on e-scooters from the public. One of the comments were “E-scooters are not allowed to be used on the road, and it is a nuisance for other road users, besides being dangerous as it could cause accidents.”
What may happen next?
There will be gazette areas where people can ride e-scooters safely, and it is the playground and permitted areas around shopping centres.
E-scooter riders will be required to apply for a special permission license from the Road Transport Department (JPJ) if they wish to use e-scooters on the road.
E-scooters are categorized as micromobility vehicles and Transport Minister, Datuk Seri Wee Ka Siong wishes to amend the Bill to require a registration and a licence to operate e-scooters.
This could be a bad news for e-scooter sharing services to expand in Malaysia, and it is unclear that whether this ban covers hoverboards too.
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