The trend of modifying bicycles without brakes continues to endanger our youth and the community around them.

In recent years, children in primary school have taken to modifying their bicycles by lowering them and removing the brakes, making them unsafe and not road-worthy. They are often seen cycling these on the road, disrespecting traffic rules and often pose a danger to other road users.

Recently, 13 young cyclists were detained for riding “basikal lajak” in Kajang, Selangor.

Modified bicycles which are lowered and without brakes are endangering our youth. (TheStar)

Kajang OCPD Asst Comm Ahmad Dzaffir Mohd Yussof said the children, aged between nine and 15, were found to have ridden their bicycles in a dangerous manner while going downhill. Their bicycles were siezed and they were detained by the police.

“Their parents were also called up to the police headquarters and they were given an explanation on the dangers of ‘basikal lajak’ and the high probability of getting involved in accidents. The parents also agreed not to take back the seized bicycles and leave it to the police for further action,” said the Kajang OCPD officer.

The case is classified under Section 112(3) of the Road Transport Act 1987 for modifying the bicycles and the riders were also fined.

Source: The Star