No plan for bicycles to be licensed, says transport minister

A government agency was recently quoted as saying that there was a proposal for bicycles to be fitted with number plates. (Bernama pic)

PETALING JAYA: Transport Minister Wee Ka Siong has denied a report of a plan to require a licence for bicycles and for it to be fitted with number plates.

“We strongly deny that there are any plans to implement such a proposal, nor has any such proposal been brought to my attention,” he said in a statement.

Wee was responding to Malay daily Utusan Malaysia’s report quoting one of the ministry’s agencies, the Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (Miros), that there was such a proposal.

Many factors, Wee said, needed to be considered when drawing up policies governing the use of vehicles on the roads, including the health and safety of road users and pedestrians.

“At this moment, any comments made by Miros as reported in the said report does not become policy until the due process has been carried out with my approval as minister,” he added.

He said the agency must first produce studies or proposals for analysis and consideration of the senior officers, including the minister’s office, before it can be taken to the next level.

“All premature policy announcements are barred without the express approval of the minister,” Wee said.