You could face one year in prison for cycling on a Malaysian highway
You have been warned!
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.
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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.