PUTRAJAYA: The Road Safety Demerit Points (Kejara) system is still in force, contrary to reports that it has been discontinued and that this had caused the number of road accidents to increase.
Road Transport Department (JPJ) director-general Ahmad Mustapha Abdul Rashid said that since 2004, the licences of more than 2,500 errant motorists were suspended under the system while 883 probationary licences were revoked.
Acknowledging that there were flaws in the Kejara system, he said the department, in collaboration with the Road Safety Department, Malaysian Institute of Road Safety and the police, would review it as well as the provisions relating to the system under the RTD Act 1987.
The review was also in line with the implementation of the Automated Enforcement System (AES) beginning from the second half of the year where 700 surveillance cameras would be fixed at strategic locations and accident-prone areas, he told reporters yesterday when commenting on recent newspaper reports that the Kejara system was discontinued because it was ineffective.
Federal traffic chief Senior Asst Comm II Datuk Nooryah Md Anvar made those statements, saying that with the removal of the Kejara system, the number of deaths in road accidents had increased.
Following this, Transport Minister Datuk Seri Chan Kong Choy ordered the JPJ to upgrade the Kejara system, which was first introduced in 1997, so that the number of deaths due to road accidents could be reduced.
Ahmad Mustapha said yesterday that the main flaws in the Kejara system were that it was hard to ensure offenders actually received notices of show cause and to get those who received these notices to acknowledge receipt.
He said 30% of offenders did not bother to acknowledge receipt, while Pos Malaysia had returned notices of another 30% due to wrong addresses.
Ahmad Mustapha said that those who failed to acknowledge receiving the notices had been blacklisted and appropriate action would be taken against them.
“There is no flaw in the system. But when offenders are not traceable and are not bothered to adhere to the rules, then these become flaws in the system,” he said.
“We are going to look into these flaws and make the necessary changes, including changes to the current list of scheduled offences,” he said.
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