• Transport Minister YB Anthony Lake said it will be impractical to ban kapchais.

  • He stressed that it makes up the majority of motorcycles in Malaysia.

  • The call to ban the type of motorcycle outright was met with outrage.

The Transport Minister, YB Anthony Lake responded to demands that kapchais should be be banned, saying that it would impractical to ban them.

“There are non-governmental groups related to road safety that wants a ban on kapchai motorcycles,” he said.

“But we have to look at it practically as a vast majority of the estimated 16 million registered motorcycles are kapchai motorcycles.”

“Many would be affected if we ban the motorcycles today and my view is that it would be difficult to impose such a ban,” he said when answering a supplementary question raised by Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof (GPS-Petrajaya) in the Dewan Rakyat on Tuesday (Oct 29).

The suggestion to ban kapchais was made by an individual with MIROS (Malaysian Institute of Road Safety). It drew instant flak throughout Malaysia.

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MIROS scrambled to release a press statement, distancing themselves from the what the individual suggested, saying that it was a personal statement instead of stance adopted by the agency.

YB Loke also stressed that there’s no plan to ban kapchais despite encouraging the switch to electric scooters. There are also no plans to ban them on highways, but dedicated motorcycle lanes will be built as part of the 12th Malaysia Plan.

  • A “safety activist” recommended that the government ban kapchais  from Malaysian roads.

  • He suggests electric scooters be used as the alternative.

  • It’s because electric scooters have limited range and lower speeds.

A “safety activist” recommended to the government that kapchais should be banned from Malaysian roads, reports

Speaking at a Malaysia Institute of Road Safety Research (MIROS) event, Sharhim Tamrin said that the government should consider electric scooters as the alternative, as they have limited range and top speeds of around 80km/h only.

He said this based on his findings that countries like China and Taiwan have banned kapchais. (The two countries did not “ban” kapchais, instead they urged the use of electic scooters as fuel is expensive and China especially didn’t want their economy to depend on petroleum. – Editor)

“I have, informally, proposed this to a number of government agencies. I will also send a (formal) proposal to the government to ban kapchais,” he said during a forum at the event.

A similar proposal was forwarded by Works Minister Fadilah Yusof in 2013, on the grounds of safety. He called for kapchais to be banned from entering highways.

Shahrim also mentioned the trend of 15- and 16-year-olds who likes to ride fast. He also called motorcycle manufacturers to task for advertising motorcycles as performance machines, which would influence the owners to ride fast and some to modify their bikes to go faster.

Assistant Director of Enforcement for the Traffic Investigations and Enforcement Department of the Royal Malaysia Police concurred that the government should ban motorcycles below 250cc.

According to him, there were more car accidents last year compared to motorcycles, but it’s the latter that contributed to higher death rates.


Small motorcycles, or kapchais as they are known, may be banned from entering the city in a proposed move to reduce carbon emissions in Kuala Lumpur

Yes, you read that right. There might be a day where small motorcycles or “kapchais” won’t be allowed to roll into the city centre in an attempt to reduce carbon emissions and pollution. In reference to Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor, the idea of banning small motorcycles and commuters from entering Kuala Lumpur will be put into discussion once a reliable and affordable form of public transportation is put into place. (more…)


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