KUALA LUMPUR: Plans to introduce motorbike e-hailing companies in Malaysia have been placed on maintain once more as a result of security causes, says Deputy Transport Minister Datuk Henry Sum Agong.
“Presently, the Transport Ministry has no plans to introduce motorbike e-hailing companies primarily based on a number of elements, notably issues of safety and welfare of passengers,” he mentioned when answering a query raised by Larry Sng Wei Shien (Ind-Julau) in Dewan Rakyat on Monday (Nov 15).
He knowledgeable the Home that the choice to withhold approval for motorbike e-hailing companies was primarily based on fatalities involving motorcyclists.
“Primarily based on statistics from the police launched in 2019, some 64% of deadly accidents or about 3,900 deaths out of 6,167 fatalities concerned motorcyclists,” he mentioned.
Sng advised that security pointers be drafted to permit the service to function.
“Thailand and Indonesia have allowed firms to function motorbike e-hailing companies.
“Your reply will not be convincing since if neighbouring nations can do it, why not Malaysia?
“Though security situation was cited, the ministry might introduce strict pointers as a substitute of stopping motorbike e-hailing altogether,” he mentioned.
Sum reiterated his reply that the choice to not enable the e-hailing companies was primarily based on security causes.
Nonetheless, Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman (Ind-Muar) described Sum’s response to the problem as a “lazy and non-transparent” reply.
He mentioned there was a call by the earlier Pakatan Harapan administration in 2019 to conduct a six-month trial to find out if approval needs to be given to permit the service.
He mentioned the choice to not enable the motorbike e-hailing service was primarily based on normal accident fatalities.
He added that the proposed six-month examine would particularly goal e-hailing motorcyclists and their passengers to find out the protection side of the service.
Syed Saddiq mentioned the choice to not enable the motorbike e-hailing companies would have an antagonistic affect on firms which have made preparations to supply such service.
Sum mentioned that the ministry would proceed to check the problem earlier than deciding on the matter once more.
In January 2020, native start-up Dego Trip was to have undergone a six-month trial geared toward regulating the e-hailing service.
Some 700 riders have signed up with the corporate.
Nonetheless, the plan was placed on maintain following the change of presidency in March the identical yr.