PUTRAJAYA: Errant drivers who have been summonsed will be slapped with demerit points whether or not they pay their fines, once amendments to the Road Transport Act are tabled at the next Parliament sitting starting on Aug 27.
At present, demerit points under the Kejara system are accumulated only after the summonses are paid, and the amendments aim to plug this loophole.
Road Transport Department (JPJ) director-general Datuk Ahmad Mustapha Abdul Rashid said it had been working hard to complete the proposed amendments, even before Monday’s horrific bus crash which took 21 lives.
“We want to amend the Act quickly so that we can start blacklisting all those traffic offenders and drivers who escape accumulating demerit points by refusing to pay their summonses.
“Under the current Kejara system, the points are docked against you only after you’ve paid your summonses. So, you are actually being penalised for being a good citizen.
“With the proposed amendment, we will finally be able to blacklist the driver after he has accumulated enough Kejara points,” he said in an interview.
Ahmad Mustapha said the amendment bill would also propose that more offences be added to the present 18, ranging from drink-driving to racing, now liable under the Kejara point system.
The bill, he added, would also include new provisions to allow the booking of drivers caught on surveillance cameras, for offences such as speeding and not stopping at a red light.
Currently, closed-circuit TV cameras on highways are only for internal use by the respective highway concessionaires and not for law enforcement agencies like the police or JPJ.
“We aim to have these cameras installed at selected spots by next year under a pilot project. Miros (the Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research) will select the spots based on data on road accidents,” Ahmad Mustapha said.
He said the department was also in the process of implementing e-kesihatan, an online computer system to allow medical reports of commercial vehicle drivers to be sent directly to it from appointed clinics.
“This will help curb fraud on the part of errant drivers. We are waiting for the green light from the Attorney-General’s chambers to proceed with the project,” he said.
By SIM LEOI LEOI and ROYCE CHEAH
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