Back in September, the Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (MIROS) issued a proposal to implement a licensing system for bicycles as a means to compile a database of the number of bicycles and cyclists. The idea was quickly shot down by various ministers, but now The Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) has declared their support for the proposal in a TV interview.
Bukit Aman Traffic Investigations and Enforcement chief assistant director Bakri Zainal Abidin told RTM that the move was timely and long overdue as cycling has fast been gaining popularity amongst Malaysia.
“The proposal to license bicycles and provide a number is actually a great idea since it will be with insurance coverage. Furthermore, police can conduct a proper investigation and facilitate the public for civil claims,” said Bakri.
“If there is visual evidence captured by road users against a cyclist committing a traffic violation, we need to trace the suspect.