KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 17 2020: The proposed licensing of bicycles as a vehicle has drawn a negative response from Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican.
Describing it as burdensome and a detriment to cycling as a sport, he tweeted last night for more studies to be done before any government’s decision is made on the matter.
“I was told that the research for bicycle registration and number plates by Miros (Malaysian Institute of Road Safety) never received the approval by the relevant ministry. Needs scrutiny. Don’t add to the burden for the rakyat to be active in sports,” read his tweet.
Reezal also attached to his tweet a statement by Transport Minister Datuk Seri Wee Ka Siong denying plans to implement such a proposal.
It was reported that Miros had proposed for bicycles to be licensed and issued registration plates to improve road safety.
The Road Transport Department had stated that it could not act against cyclists riding on public roads and highways as they were not on the list of taxable vehicles.