After a proposal from the Women, Family and Community Development Ministry to reduce the compulsory age for obtaining a motorcycle license from 16 to 14, the Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (MIROS) has produced an online survey, linked here. The survey seeks feedback from the public on the minimum age to get a motorcycle licence in Malaysia as well as limiting young licence holders to certain categories of road.

Aside from the usual questions on demographics, the survey asks for opinions on the minimum age for motorcycle licences as well as viewpoints on topics such as riding a motorcycle without a licence. The survey is geared to youth riding motorcycles, especially travelling to school as using public or private transport is sometimes not an option in rural areas.

The earlier proposal by then deputy minister Datuk Azizah Mohd Dun called for the licence age to be reduced to 15 or 14, with riders limited to using motorcycles within housing areas and riding hours limited to between 7 am and 8 pm. Also, new transport minister Anthony Loke recently said he wants to review the minimum age, likely to increase because a large portion of accidents involve riders/drivers under 20.

This is due to the large number of accidents involving drivers and riders under that age. What do you think, dear reader? Should the licence age be raised or lowered and should smaller motorcycles be restricted to certain roads? Leave a comment with your thoughts and opinions, below.