oBike, Selangor authorities to study operational guidelines

The guidelines will be developed by oBike and MPSJ before being implemented in other councils in Selangor.

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PETALING JAYA: Bicycle-sharing company oBike will work with authorities in Selangor to develop operational guidelines, in the wake of the Petaling Jaya City Council’s (MBPJ) recent move to confiscate over 250 bicycles belonging to oBike.

Speaking to FMT, oBike Malaysia business development manager Ian Goh said the decision was reached after a meeting between the company and Selangor authorities.

“Today we met with Selangor senior executive councillor Teng Chang Khim, Damansara Utama assemblywoman Yeo Bee Yin, and representatives from MBPJ and the Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ),” he said.

Goh said the Selangor government was very supportive of the services provided by oBike, but wanted it to be properly implemented.

On Monday, MBPJ enforcement officers were reported to have seized oBike bicycles, saying they were obstructing the city’s sidewalks.

Petaling Jaya mayor Mohd Azizi Mohd Zain was quoted by The Star as saying that oBike was an illegal operation and hoped the company would apply to operate its services in the city.

“We discussed the matter with the Selangor government and councils, so now what will happen is that we’ll work with MPSJ to develop operating guidelines and regulations,” Goh said.

“Hopefully this can be completed soon, and once this is done, it will be implemented in all other local councils in Selangor.”

Goh said all oBikes would be removed from Petaling Jaya pending the development of the guidelines and regulations.

oBike, which is Malaysia’s first dockless bicycle-sharing service, allows users to park their bicycles at oBike-designated locations and in motorcycle/bicycle parking lots inside buildings, Goh told FMT in a recent interview.

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To date, oBike has over 100,000 users in Malaysia.

Users only need to download the oBike app and pay a one-time refundable deposit of RM49 for adults and RM19 for students, a special price till the end of September.

Thereafter, users will be charged RM1 for every 15 minutes they use the bicycles.

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