PETALING JAYA: A thorough study is needed before any policy decision will be made on a proposal to require bicycles to be registered and equipped with licence plates, says Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong.
The Transport Minister said that based on procedures, any agency under the ministry must produce all studies or proposals for consideration to the ministry's senior management, including the Minister's office, for approval.
"In response to an Utusan Malaysia report that the Transport Ministry will purportedly move towards requiring bicycles to be registered and equipped with licence plates, I stress that this proposal has never been discussed at the ministry level.
"We strongly deny that there are any plans to implement such a proposal, nor has there been any such proposal brought to my attention," Dr Wee said in a Facebook post on Wednesday (Sept 16).
He noted that comments made by the Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (Miros) as reported by Utusan Malaysia is not policy until due process has been carried out.
He added that all premature policy announcements are barred without the express approval of the Minister.
On road safety involving cyclists, Dr Wee said the ministry and the Road Transport Department (JPJ) would continue to promote safety advocacy programmes with cyclists and other relevant associations.
"These safety advocacy programmes will also be discussed and updated during the Road Safety Council meeting to be held this month," he said, advising cyclists to adhere to road safety and traffic rules while on the road.
Dr Wee was responding to a report in Utusan Malaysia quoting Miros director-general Dr Khairil Anwar Abu Kassim as saying that the institute was studying a proposal requiring bicycles to be registered and equipped with a licence plate due to the growing cycling trend among Malaysians.
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