Thank you for your fine article. Can you suggest how I might get in touch with Minister Datuk Seri Kong Ch to give to him an alternative reading of how this matter can better be resolved? It is a well known set of issues, and based on what has been learned in recent years and practices at the leading edge we really do know how to handle this from a policy perceptive.
The key is not to push the electric bikes off the road, but rather to reduce their top speed to 12 miles per hour (= 18 kph). Now at that speed they can move in the traffic stream with normal bicycles, but of course not with car traffic. Other than in areas in which the speed limit for ALL traffic has been set at less or close to this speed level. It is a matter of speed hierarchies and separation of speeds, which are important for traffic safety.
Environmental advantages of electric vehicles? Yes, for local environment and local pollution. Less certain from a global warming perspective.
We would like to help the minister take a wise decision here, so if you can somehow put us in touch that might be in the public interest.
Of if you prefer I could help you with an article on this.
Kind regards, and perhaps you will want to check out World Streets from time to time. You may find some good materials for articles in our pages. And if you have any questions, you now know where to turn.
With all good wishes,
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