93,000 students nationwide riding motorcycles to school without license

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JOHOR BARU: About 93,600 students nationwide are riding motorcycles without licence to school daily.

Road Transport Department (JPJ) deputy director-general Datuk Yusoff Ayob said these teenagers made up 80 per cent of about 117,000 students who rode motorcycle to school, citing Education Ministry statistics.

He said that most of them did that because no one could send them to school and the place where they live did not have school bus service.

"Every day, these students are exposed to danger as they have no proper knowledge about handling their machines, road safety and traffic regulations," he told reporters after the closing ceremony of 1JPJ 1Community programme here yesterday.

He urged parents to take advantage of the MyLesen programme where Malaysians aged 16 and above could learn to rise the motorcycle and get their B2 class licence for only RM299 (S$101).

The B2 class licence will allow them to ride motorcycles under 250cc. The normal cost of getting this licence is RM350.

At the event, Yusoff said that about 186 senior citizen in Gelang Patah received their first B2 class licence through the 1JPJ 1Community programme that was conducted for two months starting February.

He said the programme also helped orang asli to get the motorcycle license to help them go around the village and town safely.