KUALA LUMPUR: The government made the decision to bar Dego Ride simply because the motorcycle taxi service does not conform with its vision to transform Kuala Lumpur into developed cities like New York and Tokyo which do not have such services.
Deputy Transport Minister Ab Aziz Kaprawi said these big cities had safe modes of public transport like commuters and MRT trains besides taxis and share-ride services like Uber and Grab.
But they do not have motorcycle ferrying services like Dego Ride.
He said this in the Dewan Rakyat today in reply to a supplementary question from Mansor Abd Rahman (BN-Sik) on why the government has not followed in the footsteps of cities like Jakarta, Bangkok and Manila that offered such services to the people.
Aziz however said it was wrong to liken these cities to Malaysia as the government here was in the midst of transforming the public transport sector.
“We want to take the example of (transport) systems in developed cities like Tokyo and New York so that our city is more pleasant, environmentally friendly and sophisticated,” he said.
“We want to be on par with developed nations, not follow cities that have not been transformed,” he added.
On Feb 12, the Transport Ministry said stern action would be taken on any Dego Ride operator who continued to offer the service to the public.
Aziz also cited safety factors as among the main reasons for barring the service. He said statistics showed 62% of the 7,152 fatal accidents that occurred last year involved motorcyclists.
“The use of the Dego Ride would result in more road users being exposed to the risk of fatal accidents and serious injuries,” he said.
Mujahid Yusof Rawa (Amanah-Parit Buntar) raised the issue when he questioned why the government gave the green light to car ride-sharing services Uber dan Grab, but disallowed Dego Ride.
He argued that the Dego Ride service would decrease traffic congestion and help improve the income of many people.
Aziz replied, saying Uber and Grab were allowed as both were safe alternatives to available public transport.
“The choice of public transport is wide. That is why we do not want to extend it to motorcycles as we also want to establish a city that is sustainable and environmentally friendly,” he said.