Permit a must for bike-sharing service, local councils say
Bike Sharing

By D KANYAKUMARI / Pic By AFIF ABD HALIM

Bike-sharing services nationwide need to secure a permit from local councils or risk having their bicycles seized, local councils say.

Subang Jaya Municipal Council spokesperson told The Malaysian Reserve it had not received any applications from bike-sharing companies, although some of them had begun operating in Subang Jaya.

“To date, not one application has been made and that is why we seized a whole lot of bicycles, I believe belonging to station-less bicycle-sharing platform company oBike (M) Sdn Bhd.

“Those yellow bikes were parked everywhere in SS15 and they were disrupting the pedestrian pathways and even driveways. They cannot just park like that, especially in public spaces,” the spokes- person said.

“If they want to operate, they need to rent a proper lot, like a shop lot, not an area on the walkway or next to a park. Only then can we ensure that the bicycles will not be seized,” he said.

A Kuala Lumpur City Hall spokesperson said oBike had applied for a permit and the company was only allowed to operate within the SEA Games Kuala Lumpur 2017 period.

“They applied over a month ahead of the SEA Games and had requested permits for the bicycles to be parked in certain areas.

“We then granted them the permits for the said locations, provided the bicycles will not be rampantly parked in other areas.

“However, this permit will expire on Sept 23 when the Asean Para Games conclude, so if they plan to continue after that, they should reapply with the proper procedure or risk having their bicycles seized,” he stressed.

On Monday, the Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) said that bike-sharing services in Petaling Jaya are illegal and called for the companies involved to apply for a permit to avoid losing their bicycles, raising questions on the legality of such services in Malaysia.

On Sunday, MBPJ had seized over 250 bicycles belonging to oBike as they were disrupting traffic.

So far, there are only three bike-sharing companies in Malaysia, with the latest being Mobike, launched in an alliance with property developer SP Setia Bhd last week.

Another company is oFo, which began its operation in Melaka, last month.