Transport Ministry to regulate micromobility vehicle use under amended law


  • Nation
  • Saturday, 05 Sep 2020

PETALING JAYA: The Transport Ministry will regulate the use of micromobility vehicles once the Road Transport (Amendment) Bill 2020 comes into force, says Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong.

The Transport Minister said such regulations would include mandatory registration and driving licences, and if appropriate, ban certain types of these vehicles from being used on the road.

"After it has been gazetted and becomes law, the Transport Ministry will explain the types of vehicles under this micro-mobility category as well as which ones should be licensed and registered.

"Whatever types (of vehicles) in terms of safety that are not appropriate for mixed use on the road will be prohibited for the safety and in the interest of other road users," he said on his Facebook page on Saturday (Sept 5).

He also shared a video of a man with a helmet riding on a one-wheel vehicle on a highway.

He said this vehicle is defined as a micro-mobility vehicle in the amendment Bill, which has been approved by the Dewan Rakyat and will be tabled in Dewan Negara for approval this month.

"This is not just any bicycle because it is dangerous, especially when it is used on the road. It has to be controlled before an accident happens – not just to themselves but also to other road users," he said.

On Aug 26, the Road Transport (Amendment) Bill 2020 was passed in the Dewan Rakyat to increase penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol, drugs and reckless driving.

According to the Bill, micromobility vehicles refer to those powered by electricity, an internal combustion engine, or human power, or human power combined with any of the previously-mentioned two with a maximum speed of 50km/h.

Inilah yang ditakrifkan sebagai mikromobiliti yang termaktub di dalam Rang Undang-Undang Pengangkutan Jalan (Pindaan) 2020 yang telah diluluskan oleh Dewan Rakyat dan ianya akan dibentangkan di Dewan Negara untuk kelulusan pada bulan ini. Ini bukan sebarang basikal kerana ianya merbahaya lebih-lebih lagi untuk digunakan di atas jalan raya. Ia perlu dikawal sebelum berlakunya kemalangan bukan sahaja kepada diri sendiri, tetapi juga kepada pengguna jalan raya lain. Tiga perkara yang perlu dipandang serius : 1) Isu keselamatan orang ramai terutamanya pengguna jalan raya lain, kerana tiadanya perlindungan insurans. Jika berlaku kemalangan, individu yang berkenaan akan menghadapi masalah kewangan. Bagi pengguna lain, mereka pula yang terpaksa keluarkan duit sendiri atau membuat tuntutan insurans sendiri bagi tujuan membaiki kenderaan atau untuk perlindungan kesihatan mereka. 2) Setelah RUU Pengangkutan Jalan (pindaan) 2020 diluluskan dan menjadi undang-undang kelak, Kementerian Pengangkutan Malaysia (MOT) akan mengawal selia jenis-jenis penggunaan kenderaan ini seperti mewajibkan pendaftaran dan mempunyai lesen memandu termasuk jika bersesuaian, melarang penggunaan jenis-jenis kenderaan sebegini daripada digunakan di atas jalan raya. 3) Kelak, setelah diwartakan dan menjadi undang-undang, MOT akan mengelaskan jenis-jenis kenderaan di bawah kategori mikromobiliti ini. Mana yang wajar dilesen dan didaftarkan, akan diwajibkan berbuat demikian. Mana-mana jenis yang dari segi keselamatan tidak sesuai digunakan secara bercampuran di atas jalan raya, akan dihalang daripada digunakan atas dasar keselamatan dan kepentingan pengguna jalan raya yang lain. Jadi diingatkan, penggunaan jalan raya yang tidak bertanggungjawab ini akan menimbulkan risiko keselamatan kepada semua pengguna jalan raya lain termasuk diri sendiri. Jadilah pengguna jalan raya yang bertanggungjawab.

Posted by Wee Ka Siong on Saturday, September 5, 2020
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