Parents warned over risky rides
KUALA LUMPUR: A potentially deadly practice is seemingly becoming common on Malaysian roads – parents ferrying children on motorcycles, minus safety helmets.
Checks in areas around the city yesterday found many were endangering their children, besides committing other traffic offences like making illegal U-turns.
City Traffic Investigation and Legal staff officer DSP Shafie Daud warned that under the Road Transport Act 1987 and Road Usage guidelines, motorcyclists could face stiff action if they are caught carrying more than one pillion rider and exposing kids to a dangerous situation.
“Action can also be taken against errant parents under the Child Act 2001,” Shafie said.
During observations by theSun, it was noticed that areas such as Taman Medan, Kampung Pantai Baru and Ampang were hot spots for errant motorcyclists.
A woman is seen ferrying three young girls on a motorcycle – all without safety helmets.