The Malaysian government has made it mandatory for motorcycles displacing a capacity of 150cc and above to make the fitment of anti-lock braking systems (ABS).
According to Astro Awani, transport minister Datuk Seri Wee Ka Siong said the mandatory fitment of ABS will apply to all motorcycle manufacturers present in Malaysia.
However, he said the enforcement will only begin after findings from a detailed study carried out by the Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (MIROS) have been received.
Dr Wee said the government has given the MIROS a period of 6 months to conduct studies before it plans to carry out enforcement of the mandated ruling within two years after the study has concluded.
He added that this study will include all stakeholders involved, including the motorcycle manufacturing industry as well as representatives from consumer groups.
“This means that we will have a transition period. Manufacturers who are ready will not face an issue.”
“As for those who are not ready, they can use this transition period to get themselves prepared for the mandatory fitment. We will see the effectiveness when the system is installed on those motorcyclists with 150cc and above,” he said.
He also shared that studies conducted by MIROS on the ABS systems have found that the technology can reduce accidents and fatalities involving motorcyclists by at least 30%.
In addition, the system can help prevent a motorcycle from skidding and failing to avoid hazards on the road.
The transport minister also said that the year 2019 – before the pandemic – recorded 6,000 road deaths, while the year 2020 recorded 4,658 road deaths. Of these, between 64% and 67%, or two-thirds of the death toll involved motorcyclists, the report quoted Wee as saying.
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