Errant cyclists warned to toe the line or face stern action

KUANTAN: Police have warned errant cyclists to toe the line or stern action will be taken against them.

Kuantan OCPD Asst Comm Mohamad Noor Yusof Ali said the issue of cyclists not following traffic regulations had become a hot topic with police receiving complaints as well.

“This is a reminder to Kuantan folk and also cyclists who are coming in from outside the district.

“It is a healthy activity but I have also been looking at the public’s comments and what is happening in Kuantan.

“All laws and regulations must be obeyed.It is stated under Rule 42 of the Road Traffic Rules 1959 that bicycles must be fully equipped with lamps, seat and brakes.

“I am shocked to see there are still people cycling at night without lamps.

“This is very dangerous to the cyclist and other road users, ” said ACP Mohamad Noor.

He said police would not hesitate to take action against cyclists who did not abide by the rules, including those who ride side by side.

“Group cycling must be done in a single file and not side by side in double or triple rows.

We will take action against those caught doing this, ” he said, adding offenders who were caught could be charged in court.

“It is up to the court to determine the appropriate punishment such as fining the offenders.

“This must be given attention because even if it may seem like a minor offence such as a bicycle not having lamps, it can still bring danger and cause a fatal accident, ” he said.

In a report in The Star, it was highlighted that cyclists were not allowed on highways.

ACP Mohamad Noor said children who are out at midnight cycling on mosquito bikes (used for illegal racing) would also not escape the law.

“This includes the parents as well. It is their responsibility to supervise and advise their children not to flout the law.

“We have taken these young mosquito bike cyclists back to the station before and called their family. We gave them a final warning as we believe they can change their ways, ” he said.

ACP Mohamad Noor said mosquito bike activities in Kuantan had been significantly reduced following the deployment of police patrols in targeted areas.

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