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You could face one year in prison for cycling on a Malaysian highway

You have been warned!

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There is a constant global battle going on against motorists and cyclists over who has certain rights on the road. On the one hand, you need to prioritise the safety of cyclists, but on the other, they do get in the way.

Well, in Malaysia it is a completely different story altogether. In fact, any cyclists using highways in Malaysia without the specific permission of authorities can be fined up to $1,200, or spend a year in jail.

This new ban will be enforced under Malaysia's Road Transport Act of 1987 as well as Road Regulations rules from 1959, the latter of which requires lights on the front and rear of the bicycle, along with a bell.

Failing to stick to these rules alone can land someone a $480 fine or having to spend up to six months in jail along with bicycle impoundment.

Photo by Gary Butterfield on Unsplash

Photo by Gary Butterfield on Unsplash

The main reason for this is to target large groups of road cyclists who have caused issues for road users in the past – putting both parties at risk.

Spending a year in jail may seem rather extreme for cycling your bike on the wrong road, but with accidents on the rise, it is a way to reduce the number of fatalities from biking.

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Comments (33)

  • You meanwhile could face one year in prison for being in Malaysia

      1 month ago
  • As an Malaysian, I'm know this will be here because there are a lot of crazy drivers in Malaysia

      1 month ago
  • Well it wouldn't work here in the UK. For starters there are many people who work in the minumum wage bracket who simply can't aford to run a car so have no choice but to pedal a bike to and from work. With the current shortage of staff we,re currently having could you picture the mess we would be in if suddenly they couldn't afford to pedel a bike into work. People also say cyclest get in the way, however, I don't know the numbers but think about how many cyclest there are in the uk riding about. Can you imagin the traffic if they all just stopped and got into cars. London would be at a stand still. Yes cyclests get in the way, but not as much as the 16.7 million people who drive cars into work everyday. (acording to my quick serch on the interweby). And finaly think of it this way, the more people out there that pedaling bikes means more fuel for the rest of us in these times of petrol tanker driver shortages.

      1 month ago
    • You are correct on all accounts.

      I would add that cycling places is not just a right of the poor.

      I can’t directly compare myself to Mark Weber or Patrick Dempsey, successful motorsport icons who are also cyclists, but I have two really nice...

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        1 month ago
    • Very true, I own 7 bikes, I used to time trial and race cross country mountain bikes. I also own a motorbike and a car. In my young days when i was 16 i did pedal a bike to work though. I also know plenty of people who can afford to run a car but still...

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        1 month ago
  • I can’t stand cyclists. I’m thinking of carrying a large squirt gun in my car.

      1 month ago
    • And that’s the limit.

        1 month ago
    • Most cyclists are motorists, too. There’s a shortage of courtesy, not because of the chosen activity of the moment but because of individuals’ selfish actions regardless of activity, regardless of car or bicycle.

      Having said that,...

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        1 month ago
  • Well "Work harder; get a car" 😂😂😂😂

      1 month ago
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