E-bikes face road ban

In Malaysia, that is. Electric bikes are "more than a bicycle but less than a motorcycle," says Malaysian transport minister.
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According to Malaysian newspaper The Star, the Malaysian government could soon ban electric bikes, citing safety reasons.

The Malaysian transport ministry recommends a ban and is presenting its case to the Malaysian Cabinet later today.
Transport minister Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha said:

“Electric bicycles do not meet the performance specifications of motorcycles. [An e-bike] is more than a bicycle but less than a motorcycle."

He dismissed claims that e-bikes were good for the environment:

“If you want to talk about being environmentally-friendly, using a normal bicycle is still the best."


Because e-bikes are classified as bicycles and not motorbikes, they can be currently ridden without licensing on roads and cycle paths.

“Anyone can use [an electric bike] as there are no restrictions on who can use a bicycle,” said the transport minister.

“There is no need to register an electric bicycle or obtain a driving licence, tax, insurance or registration number."

Road Transport Department director-general Datuk Solah Mat Hassan said:

“According to road safety studies, bicycles that move at more than 20km per hour pose a much higher risk of injury to pedestrians, especially when both share the same lane."

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