PETALING JAYA: Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong questioned the government on the guidelines for using micro-mobility vehicles, which are yet to be implemented.
“We had detailed guidelines for the use of micro-mobility vehicles which prioritise user safety when I was the Transport Minister," said the Ayer Hitam MP in a Facebook post on Monday (Nov 20)
In the same post, Dr Wee also shared a video of Parliament Question Time, in which he asked the Transport Ministry in the Dewan Rakyat about regulating micro-mobility vehicles.
“Mopeds disguised as e-bikes are on the roads. They have a throttle, while the pedals are just for show. How are we to regulate them?
“A vehicle that can travel above 25kmph needs a license, but a micro-mobility vehicle doesn’t, as it is meant to be limited to a particular area (like a neighbourhood).
“What happens if a micro-mobility crosses the street? Does it need a licence? This is a complexity that we need to solve,” said Dr Wee.
He then asked Deputy Transport Minister Datuk Hasbi Habibollah a follow-up question regarding the status of PLANMalaysia, launched last year.
In his reply, Hasbi said that mopeds disguised as personal-mobility vehicles that can go above 25kmph are still considered illegal, per the guidelines made while Dr Wee was transport minister.
“When it comes to licensing, we have to discuss it. If we require licenses for mopeds, would we have to license bicycles, too?
“Would we use the same idea as bicycles requiring a licence in the past? These are the questions we have to discuss,” he said.
Regarding PLANMalaysia, Hasbi said it is already being implemented, and Dr Wee would have to ask the local authority about its progress in each state or constituency.
“However, to be honest with you, we have yet to get the feedback and know the effects of PLANmalaysia,” concluded the Deputy Transport Minister