TRANSIT took note of this article in which the Minister of Transport is now quoted as saying that studies are being done to determine the feasibility of having electric bicycles on the road.
This is an abrupt about-turn from his earlier comments, that the Ministry would consider banning the e-bikes – comments which were rubbished by his cabinet & party colleague, the Minister of Energy, Green Technology & Water.
Future of electric bicycles under study (The Star)
Thursday March 24, 2011
KUALA LUMPUR: Studies are being done to determine the feasibility of having electric bicycles on the road, said Transport Minister Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha.
“Studies are being conducted and recommendations have been put to the Cabinet,” he said yesterday.
Kong said the use of electric or e-bicycles need to be regulated as there were currently no laws governing their usage.
“If allowed, we need to determine who can use it and what rules it will come under,” he added.
Users of e-bicycles have said they should not be banned as the benefits outweigh the risks.
The e-bicycles, which is powered by motors, have been used in Malaysia for more than six years.
Let us hope that this ends another embarrassing chapter of “government says this, government says that”. Now, let’s see if public transport infrastructure asset-owner Prasarana can get into the cycle-sharing concept through the sharing of bicycles & e-bikes at LRT & MRT stations as well as bus hubs.