MBPJ takes action against bike-sharing service in PJ

MBPJ takes action against bike-sharing service in PJ

The Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) has seized over 250 bicycles belonging to bike-sharing platform oBike, according to a report by The Star.

The bikes were seized because they were causing obstruction. “Another reason why the bikes were seized is because this is an unlicensed business as we did not receive any application from oBike,” mayor Datuk Mohd Azizi Mohd Zain told the daily. “We are in support of this idea as it is another mode of public transportation and will benefit pedestrians in the city, but it has to be properly regulated.

Mohd Azizi added the service is an illegal operation in Petaling Jaya, and hoped that oBike would come forward and apply to operate its bicycle sharing platform service. “Imagine if we do not monitor or regulate it and another bicycle sharing operator decides to start its business here as well, then things will get out of hand,” he said.

oBike marketing manager Elaine Chan said that it was already aware of the seizure and were working with MBPJ to solve the issue. “We are already in talks with them on how we can work together and I believe this is just a misunderstanding. For Subang, we put in a proposal, presented our idea and then received a letter of approval to operate,” she said, adding that the procedures were different for other local authorities.

MBPJ takes action against bike-sharing service in PJ

In June, the bike-sharing platform was introduced for the Subang Jaya KTM station, where 15 bicycles were made available for the station at launch.

To make use of oBike’s service, one just needs to download the oBike mobile app for the appropriate mobile platform, which will enable the locating and reserving of the nearest available oBike. After reservation, the user will be prompted on the time and distance to the bicycle reserved. To unlock the bicycle, a user will need to scan the QR code located on the bicycle with the app.

Ride charges are RM1 per 15 minutes, and payment is via deduction of an amount pre-purchased via credit or debit card upon sign-up. Once the user arrived at his or her destination, the bicycle can be parked at any designated bicycle parking area, and oBike’s on-ground team will retrieve the bicycles for redistribution.

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  • Saw two huge containers of Obikes parked at SS2Mall.
    i guess due to this they cant deploy the bikes out yet and are parked ther temporarily

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  • Idham on Sep 11, 2017 at 3:47 pm

    Jom bike & naik MRT!

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  • MBPJ belongs to siapa? Selangor gov.
    Selangor gov belongs to siapa? pikirpkirlah

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  • Ben Yap on Sep 11, 2017 at 4:18 pm

    when there is no law for bicycle sharing, than how in the world did the company break a law?

    I don’t trust MBPJ…..

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    • Dr Stranger on Sep 11, 2017 at 6:00 pm

      Software virtual world finding its way to steal business in real world, haha… That is a hack la!

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    • Ask Grabuber…

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    • Rajoo on Sep 11, 2017 at 6:13 pm

      What’s lacking in Bolehland is enforcement.
      MBPJ right place, right time.

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    • No law? Putting 15 bicycles on a walkway is certainly breaking the law.
      Having said that, is common to see a lamp post right in the middle of walkway as well…

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  • Semi-Value (Member) on Sep 11, 2017 at 4:24 pm

    i like this app but i agree,,,these bikes are a nuisance to pedestrians…end up have to walk on the road to avoid the parked bikes

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  • Mahmood Razak on Sep 11, 2017 at 4:34 pm

    The funny thing is, illegal stalls and other things that obstruct public areas, such as dilapidated cars and stuff, remain. Why seize the bicycles when you can actually trace the owner??

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  • Another stupid action from MBPJ. No engine vehicles and driver/rider also need to have permission.

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  • AutoFrenz (the original) on Sep 11, 2017 at 5:24 pm

    Unlicensed business as expected…and after that they will make noise by blaming mbpj..they will behave like samseng by using steering lock..they will make it look as if its not their fault but the authorities…sounds too similar…

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  • Not Toyota Fan on Sep 11, 2017 at 5:25 pm

    Regulated = Licence = Council makes money = Enforcement makes money = Politicians (councillors) get “donation”

    It’s all about the money.

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    • Martopo on Sep 11, 2017 at 5:56 pm

      Oit this is Selangor la…Under PH we’re very CAT no duit ‘kopi’ lah hehehe

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      • Oho? I din know this can fly in. But i likey ur sarcasm, hehehe.
        Wait, din some caveman says that its “honest” and “jaga rakyat” one?

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  • orang biasa on Sep 11, 2017 at 5:50 pm

    this company didn’t invite “their member” to join as share holder. That’s why kena ban.

    Hope city council didn’t charge this and that during they apply approval.

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  • Saw this in Singapore recently where someone can book a bicycle to ride say from his house to next MRT or bus station and leave it there. Then another user can book it and take it somewhere else. In the end of the day someone from the company will come and collect it and assign again.

    This is a good concept and I suggest the operator apply for blanket approval from Selangor State Government to implement it in Selangor subject to individual local governments requirements.

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  • Farid Apandi on Sep 11, 2017 at 11:29 pm

    Tried them last Saturday. The service sucks!

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  • kopiokaokao on Sep 11, 2017 at 11:45 pm

    Malaysia hot like hell…after short paddling…underwear wet and armpit smell…squeeze into the MRT…other people suffer….people scream take taxi or drive your own car lah…at the end…back to the square one…one year down the road…the road side will be filled with rusty metal and broken tyre…more pollution…all these PRC mega factory dump their production surpluses and take your membership fees….smart business man

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  • Maybe need to send to puspakom for periodic inspection….

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