New rules for micro-mobility vehicles in Malaysia soon – e-scooters and e-bikes under the scope of new law

New rules for micro-mobility vehicles in Malaysia soon – e-scooters and e-bikes under the scope of new law

The government says that a by-law to deal with micro-mobility vehicles is in the pipeline. The by-law will include the type of vehicles that can be used as well as the licensing requirements to operate micro-mobility vehicles of certain speed limits, according to transport minister Datuk Seri Wee Ka Siong.

He said that the ministry was looking into all micro-mobility vehicles to ensure that all are defined and governed by the by-law, The Star reports. “There are a lot of such vehicles. An e-bicycle is not your typical bicycle because it can be as fast as a motorcycle,” he explained. Micro-mobility vehicles covers a host of alternate vehicles such as e-bicycles, mopeds, e-scooters and even the Segway, a two-wheeled self-balancing transporter, among others.

He said that companies bringing in these vehicles will have to submit them for Vehicle Type Approval for their specifications to be inspected, and that there will also be the need for suppliers and users to be licensed.

Wee said the by-law was necessary because the use of such vehicles needs to be regulated in the interest of public safety. He said amendments to the Road Transport Act to regulate the use of such vehicles was done in 2020, and the by-law will spell out the details.

According to the Bill, micro-mobility vehicles refer to those powered by electricity, an internal combustion engine, or human power, or human power combined with any of the previously mentioned two, with a maximum speed of 50 km/h.

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  • bieight8 on Apr 20, 2022 at 10:32 am

    Scooter lajak….

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  • 4G63T DSM on Apr 20, 2022 at 11:35 am

    All electric bicycles and mopeds GG now.

    I wonder what license the rider need to ride these now.

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  • AMCyclist on Apr 20, 2022 at 2:38 pm

    Ebike as fast as motorcycles ( 120Km/hr) ? Transport Minister saying TOTAL RUBBISH !!!

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    • Brian on Apr 20, 2022 at 5:48 pm

      You are TOTAL RUBBISH for not fact checking when Dr Wee has done his homework.
      Top speed 137kmh
      Top speed 160kmh
      Top speed 200kmh
      Top speed 200kmh
      Top 400kmh

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      • Sangpurba Granny on Apr 22, 2022 at 11:12 am

        all these ebike mentioned are readily available at your country right now?

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        • Safety First on Apr 22, 2022 at 12:11 pm

          Many will be here so it is prudent that our wise Dr Wee get ready soon. Unlike previous guy, he think about SAFETY FIRST!

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  • Contradiction on Apr 20, 2022 at 3:35 pm

    In Singapore, those who ridden these PMD and killed people goes to jail.
    In Malaysian net logic, those who ridden these PMD and killed people will be scott free and authorities will instead jail the deceased parents.

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  • Strike while the iron is hot on Apr 20, 2022 at 11:31 pm

    Half a decade late but better than never.

    Had an ex colleague’s younger brother hit a pedestrian while riding an e-bike on pedestrian path in SG, that poor victim has since in coma and the defendant is detained for court while hoping the victim could one day be awake to be at court for the hearing, no estimated time frame given. Worse still the defendant has lost his job, probably work permit too and cannot balik kampung to see parents, siblings weren’t dare to let their parents know as it might case a shock to them, keep lying saying their son is working his ass off in SG, how sad. All this because of the mentality of don’t bother to read the new e-bike rules. I hope the victim could alas regain his consciousness.

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    • I feel sad for the colleague’s younger brother. He should have gotten Malaysian netizen logic to save him coz the “poor victim” was ‘at the wrong place, at the wrong time’ and ‘should not have been in front of the vehicle’.

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  • Albert on Apr 23, 2022 at 8:59 am

    All my ebikes and escooter has a capped speed limit of 30km/h for safety reason. The reputable manufacturer are very particular in the safety and speed limit. Maybe some may hack the speed limit to go beyond. My road bicycle can anytime do faster than 30km/h on flat or up to 50km/h on downhill (in rural out of city area). I have some experience on cycling at a dedicated cycling/sport zone in Bangkok where the Thai gov prepared a cycling zone around their airport area and even some of their park area where they have lanes for cyclist, skateboarding, joggers etc. Users follow the rules and everyone have a safe good time without worrying about cars, bikes or pedestrian dashing out of nowhere. Our Gov should seriously look into creating safety zone for cyclist/escooterist/etc. When I company my children to skateboard, blades or escooter at our city park, I make sure they obey and place safety of others and themselves. Creating license for more revenue to the gov without proper enforcement will not deter unfortunate accident. Still boil down to education and mentality.

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  • Foo yc on Apr 24, 2022 at 4:14 am

    SG menace was different. Those guys openly moded their ebikes/scooters to have way beyond original rated power. Attach huge speakers and all sorts of flashing lights despite the law clearly states power cannot be above certain wattage and speed. Due to the expensive fuel and motorcycle coe, these guys mostly food delivery riders invest in them.

    MY case is mostly those idiots who ride around those rental scooters in Bukit bintang. Not so much as a transport but some sort of cheap sightseeing. Often carrying 2 persons on a single person scooter. Not many actually have their own. Gov intervention is good such as age and rider limit. If person is below certain age must be accompanied by guardian.

    I think this gov is more interested in milking the companies than interest in public safety. VTA for a bike/ mini electric scooters? Next do we need to pay road tax also?

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  • Joshua Low on Jun 25, 2022 at 12:55 am

    What about the use of Electric Tricycle for old people? Is this banned also from Malaysian roads?

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