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E-Scooter Regulations Incoming? Transport Ministry Wants To Propose Laws On Micro-Mobility Vehicles

Transport Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong said that there are concerns that some e-scooters are driven too fast and may pose a risk to other users, adding that a license may be required for a person to operate any vehicles that can achieve certain speeds.

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The government will introduce a by-law to regulate the usage of electric scooters (e-scooters) as the micro-mobility vehicles were covered under the Road Transport Act 1987 (Act 333) when it was amended in August 2020, Malay Mail reported.

Transport Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong said that by-laws are needed to provide a clear definition and specific regulation to handle micro-mobility vehicles as well as to make it clear which vehicles are permitted and not permitted to use.

Micro-mobility vehicles are defined as “any vehicle that is propelled by electrical means, an internal-combustion engine or human power or a combination of electrical means, an internal-combustion engine or human power, and having a maximum speed of 50 km/h”.

The Ayer Hitam MP said that there are concerns that some e-scooters are driven too fast and may pose a risk to other users, adding that a license may be required for a person to operate any vehicles that can achieve certain speeds.

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Wee pledged to look at all aspects of the micro-mobility vehicles before formulating the by-laws, adding that there’s a high variety of micro-mobility devices produced, with certain e-bicycles can move faster than the regular ones.

He also stressed that the definition of micro-mobility devices must be defined clearly through the by-laws and must be regulated for the benefit of all users.

E-scooters are not permitted on public roads as well as highways. Those who are found to violate the law can be fined RM300 for the first offence and RM1,000 or three months in jail for subsequent offences.

However, those who apply for a special license from the director-general of the Road Transport Department (JPJ) are permitted to operate the micro-mobility vehicles on the public road.


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