In a bid to reduce its carbon footprint, the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) has begun using electric vehicles and scooters. Four units of the Renault Twizy have been acquired on a one-year trial basis. Two will be used by the City Hall Safety and Enforcement Department, while the other two for the Landscape Department, according to a report by The Malaysian Insider.

Already patrolling the streets of KL since last week, City Hall Safety Enforcement Department director, Mohd Sauffi Muhamad said, “we are currently testing out the vehicles at Masjid India and Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman. The feedback thus far has been positive in terms of cost savings, because there is no need for fuel and the their manoeuvrability during peak hours is good.”

Aside from reducing carbon footprints, City Hall is looking at reducing expenses, according to Sauffi. “We are renting the vehicles at RM1,950 a month each. The cost of a vehicle is about RM80,000. After a year, we will review their effectiveness and decide if we want to buy or continue to rent them,” he said.


Additionally, five Vigour Off-Road Series “electric chariots” have also been acquired and posted to patrol the vicinity of Dataran Merdeka. Officers patrolling the area are tasked to ensure traffic flow is smooth, cleanliness within the area, as well as to engage and provide assistance to tourists.

On that note, Sauffi also stated that some 32 officers will be patrolling the bicycle lane from Mid Valley to Dataran Merdeka. “We want to increase our presence and the security of users. Officers will be patrolling the lanes in two shifts from 8am to 5pm and from 3pm to midnight,” he said.

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