Don’t ride a Beam scooter, other PMAs on the road

Don’t ride a Beam scooter, other PMAs on the road

Like it or not, electric scooters – particularly those ubiquitous purple ones from Beam – have become a common sight on sidewalks. They’re convenient for getting around, sure, but there’s a time and a place for them, and what you absolutely shouldn’t do is try and dice with cars and motorcycles on the public highway.

A video shared on X by user @update11111 shows a couple – likely tourists – riding a scooter on Jalan Bukit Bintang itself. From the looks of things, they are clearly out of their depth, cutting across lanes and slowing down traffic on what is, even on the best of days, a very busy road. It’s an accident waiting to happen, not to mention a huge inconvenience to other road users.

It shouldn’t surprise anyone that personal mobility aids (PMAs) and devices such as e-scooters and mopeds have been banned from being used on roads in Malaysia since late 2021, and in Kuala Lumpur since the start of that year. And no, you can’t use them to cross a pedestrian crossing either, unless you are a PMA user with a physical disability.

The definition of these micromobility vehicles include 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. This includes motorised wheelchairs, mobility scooters, skateboards and kick scooters.

The use of any of these vehicles on the road will result in a RM300 fine if caught and, in KL, a second offence will land you a RM1,000 fine and three months in jail. Just keep it to the sidewalk, OK?

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Jonathan Lee

After trying to pursue a career in product design, Jonathan Lee decided to make the sideways jump into the world of car journalism instead. He therefore appreciates the aesthetic appeal of a car, but for him, the driving experience is still second to none.



  • Orang KL on Jun 11, 2024 at 12:21 pm

    Malaysia’s sidewalk? Hahahahhaha

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  • Mike Tee on Jun 11, 2024 at 2:34 pm

    I must say I am ignorant of the rules, not being from KL.

    When we tried to rent one of these PMA in the UK, you needed to show proof of drivers license (UK only) and you must ride it on the road, not on the sidewalk.

    So you can only ride these on the sidewalk in Malaysia, and push them across pedestrian crossings?

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  • Ben Yap on Jun 11, 2024 at 4:01 pm

    that’s a nice clinging….i wish i was that man on the scooter.

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  • Donki on Jun 11, 2024 at 7:22 pm

    The developers may paste Usage Guide, visible somewhere, at the scooter, at the stop, in the apps, etc.

    give warning of local rules’ penalty if misconduct.
    give guidelines of safe usage.

    not just list of boring text,
    it need to be some clear icon, images, or short video, etc.

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  • Walker on Jun 14, 2024 at 7:23 am

    These things are nuisance to pedestrians also. When they go on walkways, they don’t slow down and zip past people. And after use, just park anywhere and block the passages. Next time I see this, I’m going to throw it in the bin, bush or nearest river.

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