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New directive on electric bicycle usage soon

Postby admin » Sat Feb 19, 2011 3:25 am

PETALING JAYA (Feb 16, 2011): The Transport Ministry will soon come out with a new directive for the usage of electric bicycles, which are banned from roads by the Road Transport Department (RTD).

Transport Minister Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha told theSun today that allowing electric bicycles on roads is a complex issue due to numerous safety and technical factors that must be taken into consideration.

"The Transport Ministry, together with the RTD and the Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (Miros) has had a few meetings to discuss specifically on electric bicycles," said Kong.

"A lot of issues and technical matters were discussed and we hope to come up with a clear directive on electric bicycles soon," he said.

Kong said three important factors must be taken into consideration when it comes to electric bicycles, namely registration, safety and compliance with road regulations.

"Electric bicycles don’t have an engine and so there is no engine number that can be used for registration with RTD.

"Secondly, the aspect of safety must be considered – safety for the cyclist and also the other road users. Since the bicycles can’t be registered with RTD, they can’t be insured. Third is the issue of speed and compliance of road regulations," he said.

Electric bicycles can also pose a threat to other vehicles and even pedestrians due to their speed, which is comparatively faster than pedalling.

The issue of electric bicycles poses a challenge to the authorities, as on one hand, the government is pushing for green, renewable-energy modes of transport and on the other, it has to look into the safety aspects as well.

Last Friday, RTD director-general Datuk Solah Mat Hassan said in a statement that electric bicycles were banned from Malaysian roads.

He said electric bicycles in the market are designed for speeds of 40kph and not 20kph as recommended by a road safety report.

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Govt may ban electric bicycles

Postby admin » Thu Mar 10, 2011 3:27 am

PUTRAJAYA: Electric bicycles may be taken off the road if the Cabinet accepts a recommendation from the Transport Ministry.

Minister Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha said he will be presenting a paper during Friday’s Cabinet meeting to recommend disallowing electric bicycles, citing safety reasons.

He said continuing to allow electric bicycles, which have battery-powered motors, could result in a higher risk of injury or death.

“Electric bicycles do not meet the performance specifications of motorcycles.

“It is more than a bicycle but less than a motorcycle,” he told The Star on Tuesday.

While Kong acknowledged that electric bicycles were good for the environment, he stressed that the higher risk of death and injury from collision did not warrant their usage.

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

He added that an electric bicycle could not be classified as an electric motorcycle.

“Anyone can use it as there are no restrictions on who can use a bicycle,” he said.

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

“Any young child will be able to use the electric bicycle without a crash helmet and that means a much higher risk of accidents,” he cautioned.

Kong said the paper to be presented to the Cabinet would reveal all the facts involving electric bicycles.

Road Transport Department director-general Datuk Solah Mat Hassan said in a statement that electric bicycles currently being sold were designed to travel more than 40km per hour.

“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,” he said.

Solah added that facilities for cyclists like special lanes were currently limited to residential and recreational parks.

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Electric bike ban unfair, say riders and producers

Postby admin » Sat Mar 12, 2011 1:44 am

PUTRAJAYA: Bicycle makers and enthusiasts are upset over the Transport Ministry’s plan to ban electric bicycles.

They want Minister Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha to reconsider the proposal – on grounds that bicycles were environmentally friendly.

Penang’s Lazamana Cycling Club captain James Peng said electric bicycles should be kept on the roads to encourage people to use them.

“It is convenient especially for senior citizens to run simple errands like doing their marketing.

“Speed limits should be enforced and cyclists should be made to wear protective gear,” he said.

Electric bicycle company Ezzy Rider’s managing director Musta-pha Kamal Zulkarnain said their models had automatic shut-off features if the speed reaches 25km per hour.

The Star reported on Wednesday that Kong would be presenting a paper to the Cabinet recommending the banning of electric bicycles for safety reasons.

Kong had said that the bicycles did not meet the performance specifications of a motorcycle and as such could not be regulated.

However, Mustapha Kamal said that electric bicycles significantly reduced carbon emissions.

Local electric bicycle designer and manufacturer Revolution Manufacturing Sdn Bhd’s business partner S. Selvaratnam said there was no need for a blanket ban.

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No banning of electric vehicles

Postby admin » Thu Mar 17, 2011 4:38 am

KUALA LUMPUR: Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister Datuk Seri Peter Chin Fah Kui said no electric vehicles (EVs) will be banned from Malaysian roads.

"That includes the electric bicycle, as it is environmentally friendly," he said after unveiling the country's pioneering lithium-ion battery-powered two-wheelers yesterday.

Chin was responding to a report last week quoting Transport Minister Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha as saying that the Transport Ministry was preparing a paper recommending the ban of electric bicycles.

"We strongly feel that green technology is crucial in tackling climate change.

"Green technology is the government's proactive action to spur industries and institutions to be eco-technology innovators," said Chin.

He said supporting EVs was in line with Malaysia's efforts to reduce the country's carbon emissions by 40 per cent in 2020.

Former transport minister Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat, who was present at the unveiling ceremony, said of the 19 million fossil fuel-powered motor vehicles, 8.9 million were motorcycles.

"Imagine how much cleaner the environment will be when EVs replace all those polluting motor vehicles."

Ong said the cost of EVs would be brought down over time due to competition and research and development in the country.

The three Malaysian-made models of electric two-wheelers by Eclimo Sdn Bhd are priced between RM12,000 and RM30,000.

New Straits Times reader S. Shah, in his letter published on Monday, expressed disappointment over the transport minister's proposal to ban electric bicycles.

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