The police have issued a stern warning to those who are involved in any cycling activity on highways without the permission of police or the Malaysian Highway Authority (LLM).
According to Harian Metro, Bukit Aman Traffic Investigation and Enforcement Department (JSPT) Director, Datuk Mat Kasim Karim said those cyclist who violated the law could be prosecuted under the Road Transport Act 1987 and the Road Traffic Rules 1959.
“Action will be taken in accordance with Section 54 (1) of the Road Transport Act 1987” he said, adding that there is a fine of RM1,000 to RM5,000 or a prison term of up to 12 months.
“Failure to comply with traffic signs prohibiting cycling on the highway can result in the individual being charged under Section 79 (2) of the same act, while Section 112 (3) allows bicycles to be seized if they commit any cycling offense.” he said.
Kasim also commented that cycling groups had become a hot topic on social media recently after some of them had acted dangerously on the road, causing harm to themselves, as well as to other road users.
In addition, he said cyclist who failed to install front and rear lights can by charged under Article 35 of the Road Regulations 1959 which comes with a maximum penalty of RM2,000 fine or a jail term of up to 6 months.
It is the same for those who did not install safety features such as brakes or bells, where they can be charged under Article 42 of the Road Regulations 1959 which carries the same punishment as Article 35.
“JSPT has so far only taken the advisory role towards cyclists who cycle in groups on the road.”
“Police do not restrict cycling activities but must comply with the prescribed safety measures.” Kasim said.
He added that between January and September this year, the police have received 150 reports involving bicycles were received of which 71 were fatal accidents, 24 with serious injuries and 55 with light injuries.
He then advised cyclist to always abide by the laws for the safety of themselves and the other road users.
Meanwhile, he also advised cyclists to choose a suitable location and time, which is out of the peak hours to avoid congestion with vehicles on the road that can disrupt the smooth flow of traffic and invite the risk of accidents.
He then remind cyclist to be considerate and careful as they are particularly vulnerable to danger while on the road.