The Road Transport Department (JPJ) is sending a stern warning to those that continue to provide motorcycle taxi services, most notably Dego Ride, by saying it will seize any motorcycles involved in providing such a service.

“I’m issuing a warning that this time, we will not issue summons but will seize their (operators) motorcycles. Now we have identified over 6,000 operators who have registered and I understand they want to resume operations. Two weeks ago we only issued summons, but this time we will seize the motorcycles,” said JPJ enforcement division director Datuk V. Valluvan Veloo in a report by The Sun.

Valluvan said police are conducting investigations into the operation and a statement had been taken from Dego Ride chief executive officer, Nabil Feisal Bamadhaj. “So far we have issued three summons and we have identified active Dego Ride operations in the Klang Valley and that they get their clients via WhatsApp,” he said.

The Transport Ministry had previously stated that motorcycle taxi services are illegal in Malaysia due to safety reasons, ordering Dego Ride stop its operations as it did not have the proper operating licence.