The Malaysian Road Safety Research Institute is seeking to introduce a motorcycle rating program in Malaysia that will award stars to various motorcycles, based on criteria defined by the government.
Malaysian Road Safety Research Institute aims to launch star-rated safety rating for two-wheelers
The Malaysian Road Safety Research Institute (Miros) is urging motorcycle manufacturers in Malaysia to participate in the Malaysia Motorcycle Assessment Program (MyMAP) to improve motorcycle safety. The idea is to reduce the percentage of motorcycle accidents in Malaysia by introducing a star rating system for motorcycles, based on the evaluation of safety aspects and according to defined criteria. MyMAP is a program organized by Miros in collaboration with the Malaysian Automotive, Robotics and IoT Institute (MARii). MyMAP is a motorcycle safety star rating, similar to the ASEAN New Car Assessment (ASEAN NCAP).
MyMAP intends to evaluate motorcycles available for sale in Malaysia on criteria such as suitability of design, compliance with United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) rules, production compliance (COP), safety device technology and assistance programs. More importantly, it will also include the inclusion of equipment and safety features such as anti-lock braking systems (ABS) and traction control.
Currently, Motorcycle ABS is not mandatory for motorcycles in Malaysia and is only found in larger displacement models. At this time, there is no requirement in Malaysia for motorcycles to be fitted with ABS or traction control on a mandatory basis, especially for the under 250cc category which makes up the majority of two-wheelers. on Malaysian roads. Malaysia’s two-wheeler market is one of the largest in the world and ranks among the top five in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) region. In 2019, nearly 50,000 two-wheelers were sold in Malaysia, and in 2020 as well, overall volumes were just below the 5,000,000-unit mark.
In comparison, in India, the world’s largest two-wheeler market, current safety regulations include Automatic Headlight Ignition (AHO), as well as mandatory ABS for 125cc and above models, and the Combined braking (CBS), where both brakes are applied simultaneously for both wheels, is mandatory for models below 125 cc.