Ministry of Transport to Dego Ride: Cease Operations or Face Action

  • Motorcycle taxi e-hailing service Dego Ride has been warned to cease action.

  • The government will not allow the service due to safety concerns.

  • It was reported that Dego Ride restarted service last week after being told to stop by the previous government.

The Ministry of Transport sounded off another round of warnings to motorcycle taxi service Dego Ride to cease operations immediately or the government will not hesitate to take action.

Transport Minister, Anthony Loke Siew Fook iterated at a press conference that the government maintains its stance against motorcycle ride-hailing services mainly due to safety reasons.

Minister of Transport Anthony Loke – Courtesy of mole.my

“We will never legalise Dego Ride in Malaysia because we disagree with any type of ride-sharing services that involve motorcycles,” said the Minister after a Cabinet meeting at his ministry.

The government is baulking with the idea as there are already too many accidents involving motorcycles in Malaysia and believes that a motorcycle taxi service will only add to the statistics, what more involving passengers.

Loke also added that, “We will send enforcement officers to go after Dego Ride.”

The previous Barisan Nasional-led government had already disallowed the service in February 2018, citing the reason of Malaysia already having an extensive public transportation system.

Loke has since told the Dewan Rakyat in July this year that the government will not allow the service, due to the same concern regarding safety and the high number of motorcycle accidents and casualties.

However, the motorcycle taxi e-hailing service restarted their services in a small scale around the Klang Valley last week, as reported by Free Malaysia Today.

Founder of Dego Ride, Nabil Faisal Bamadhaj was reported to have met with Transport Ministry officials and was confident that Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad would allow the service to be revived.

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