New mechanism in the works to alert motorists if they are blacklisted
KUANTAN: A special task force has been set up to come up with a new mechanism for motorists to know in advance whether they have been blacklisted by the Road Transport Department (RTD).
Findings by the task force led by RTD director general, will be submitted to the Government in two weeks.
Director-general Datuk Solah Mat Hassan said members of the task force comprised representatives from the Home Ministry, Attorney General Chambers, police and local authorities.
The task force would meet for two days beginning Friday to discuss details, including the legality of blacklisting traffic offenders and means for the public to access accurate information, he told reporters after visiting the state RTD new office complex in Indera Mahkota here on Tuesday.
He also chaired a management meeting attended by state directors held at the same place.
Solah added that the idea was mooted following public complaints arising from the recent move compelling motorists to settle outstanding summonses before they were barred from renewing their driving licences and road tax.
''Many of the motorists only knew that they were blacklisted when they wanted to renew their driving licences and road tax.
''There were those who checked online and found they were cleared of summonses only to be told at RTD counters that they were blacklisted for unpaid summonses,'' he said.
Other problems highlighted were failure to change ownership when vehicles were sold, failing to notify the department on change of ownership, loan installments paid by a different person and loans made under someone else's name, he added.
He also said RTD planned to introduce a new curriculum in six months where would-be drivers would have a choice of either using automatic cars or manual cars during driving lessons.
A growing number of motorists preferred to use automatic cars, he added.
''However, the driving licence issued will show whether the driver is an automatic car user or a manual version.
''Those issued with an automatic car driving licence will only be allowed to drive such a car while holders of manual car licence can operate both types,'' Solah said.
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