E-scooters to be prohibited from use on KL roads from January 1, 2021 – police to fine users RM300 if caught

E-scooters to be prohibited from use on KL roads from January 1, 2021 – police to fine users RM300 if caught

Electric scooters have become an increasingly common sight on the roads in Kuala Lumpur, but come January 1, 2021, all that is set to change. Authorities are putting a stop to their use on city streets, and users are set to face a fine if they do not comply, Bernama reports.

Rentals of these micro-mobility devices began earlier this year, and response to these machines, which allow pedestrians to quickly move from one place to another, has been growing. Now, KL police says that their use within city roads will no longer be permissible from next year.

Aside from a RM300 fine for the first offence, and a RM1,000 fine or three months jail for the second offence, the cops say that legal action can also be taken under the Road Transport Act against individuals caught riding e-scooters on the road from January 1.

E-scooters to be prohibited from use on KL roads from January 1, 2021 – police to fine users RM300 if caught

According to KL traffic enforcement and investigation department chief ACP Zulkefly Yahya, the police has received many complaints from the public over the use of e-scooters on the road. “E-scooters are not allowed to be used on the road, and it is a nuisance for other road users, besides being dangerous, as it could cause accidents,” he said.

“So far, the police have identified three areas in the city where the scooters are being actively used, namely around Dataran Merdeka, KLCC and Bukit Bintang,” he said, adding that at present, the police was only advising users to stop riding these devices.

Zulkefly said that e-scooters can only be ridden in gazetted areas such as playgrounds and permitted areas around shopping centres. He added that e-scooter riders will need to apply for a special permission licence from the director-general of the road transport department (JPJ) if they wished to use the vehicle on the road.

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  • ex VGM staff on Dec 14, 2020 at 11:44 am

    actuaĺly.. to move forward in environmental protection is to close Jalan Sultan Ismail and only allows either e scooter (for personal mobility, despatch riders or delivery eg lalamove, grabfòod, foodpanda) and renault twizt 2 seater EV taxi ride.

    must plan now. 2020

    full.execution by 2025

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  • Why not build the bicycle lane and allows this to be used only at those lanes

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  • Ghani on Dec 14, 2020 at 12:25 pm

    E-scooters prohibited…but basikal lajak merata2

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  • If u dont allow why just dont stop the beam company

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  • Ahmadjr on Dec 14, 2020 at 1:58 pm

    La bawak basikal kat highway tu saman sekali. Dapat tangkap pukul ramai2

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  • FudgeMeSideways on Dec 14, 2020 at 2:27 pm

    This news is the sound of death knell for e-scooter rental companies.

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  • Basikal kayangan bila?

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  • Problem with this kind of policy is that authorities make the city center very car centric, so any other transport other than car is nuisance, dangerous and cause accidents.

    It doesn’t matter that city center roads are basically 3-lane highways, lack of public transport options, not wheel chair or stroller friendly or even worse not pedestrian centric.

    Of course when you go around cities around kl highways are built with stack over them, over 30-40 meters tall, but just going from one building to another via foot is a challenge

    You can look at jalan ampang. Road widening up to 8 lanes. But just try to cross the street. It’s next to impossible.

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  • tricycle on Dec 14, 2020 at 3:52 pm

    I haven’t had chance to try it in the city. Hopefully, in the near future, it will be allowed to operate again with certain and clear guidelines so that the commuters can have an option of riding it in the city for a short distance.

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  • seancorr (Member) on Dec 14, 2020 at 6:16 pm

    While most countries allow this green initiative, Malaysia is going backwards. Worse case is there is no special lane for bicycles and the sorts so they became a nuisance to other road users.

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  • noname on Dec 14, 2020 at 6:54 pm

    Get rid of the bicycle first. Not sure why, out of the blue, many Malaysian became so enthusiast with cycling. They could do it at anytime, anywhere, any conditions. As if training for coming Olympic games.
    Most annoying thing is that these cyclist expect you to give them right of lane, right of way, right of turn at all times. They often rush out to the middle of the road, ignorant of the cars which already on the lane, causing the cars to hit hard to the brake to avoid hitting the cyclist.

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    • Einstein on Dec 14, 2020 at 8:45 pm

      Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving. So motorists…please give way k.

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    • nonamers on Dec 17, 2020 at 10:38 am

      There are some who are trying to either get fit or commute while others are riding the trend. Plz give chance to those following the road rules while those who aren’t… may god bless them.

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    • Dr rayna on Dec 09, 2021 at 10:30 pm

      What a backward 3rd world mentality..in developed country pedestrian and cyclists are prioritized, motorists do not complain, u want accelerate on a busy traffic for what? Hitting the brake hard is a problem? Why werr u speeding in the first place? Cars need to be reduced to control air pollution n Improve Malaysian alarming health statistics with high prevalence of obesity and diabetes..so go get educated

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  • Ben Yap on Dec 14, 2020 at 10:56 pm

    Beam is not a GLC company. so it got banned. if it is, it will be approved and say that this is a good way to commute while reducing traffic and pollution.

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  • newuser on Dec 15, 2020 at 8:13 am

    e-scooter banned???going backward??how many scooters involved in accidents compared to bicycle???those bicycle rider should apply permit if they would like to use main road..no rules enforcement??this is more dangerous compared to city ride…those who ride at the main road should have escort at least like the malaysian athlete do…unfair treatment..

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    • olduser on Dec 17, 2020 at 10:35 am

      Just because of few bad apples, you blame the whole lot. Try comparing to the bigger statistic, the rempits…

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  • Vanguard on Dec 15, 2020 at 9:00 am

    When the authorities cant solve problems….just ban it. kakakaka

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  • anyone knows if the same applies for Petaling Jaya – spefically around Bandar Utama & Mutiara Damansara area? Thanks!

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  • Like any other transportation, e-scooters like Beam scooters should be rode responsibly. If done this way, it should be encouraged, because it is electric and clean. It doesn’t pollute the city like cars. It leaves behind a tiny carbon footprint. Parking is super easy, unlike cars, you don’t burn fuel polluting the environment whilst caught in jams and waiting to park. The whole city would be cleaner if cars are banned from entering the city!

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