KUALA LUMPUR: Buckle up or pay up. Those who fail to wear seat belts or helmets during the upcoming festive period will be slapped with a maximum RM300 compound.
The fine will be imposed during Ops Bersepadu from Feb 8 until Feb 22 by the police in cooperation with the Road Transport Department (JPJ).
Yesterday, Transport Minister Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat launched the road safety integrated campaign “Buckle Up, It Is the Law” in collaboration with Lonpac Insurance Bhd in conjunction with Chinese New Year.
He said those who committed seven other offences would also face the maximum RM300 fine.
The “seven plus two”, he said, were serious offences identified as the main cause of road accidents.
They are driving over the speed limit, overtaking on double lines, cutting queues, beating the traffic lights, using the emergency lane, driving dangerously and overloading.
“This is an early warning. Those who fail to wear seat belts in the front and back seats and motorcyclists and pillion riders who do not use helmets will be fined RM300,” he said.
Ong also announced several other measures to reduce accidents and ensure safety during the festive period.
They include reducing the speed limit on federal and state roads by 10kph from Feb 8 to Feb 22 and banning commercial vehicles from the road on Feb 12 and Feb 13, and Feb 20 to Feb 21 to reduce traffic congestion.
“Road repairs and construction work will also be halted from Feb 8 to Feb 22 except for critical road works,” he added.
He said road safety campaigns and enforcement would take place throughout the year and not merely during festive periods.
Ong also called for more dedicated motorcycle lanes to help reduce the number of deaths involving motorcyclists and pillion riders.
“Over the last few years, more than 60% of fatalities involved motorcyclists or pillion riders.”
The JPJ and the National Anti-Drug Agency would work together to conduct checks on express buses and drivers.
“There were 6,745 deaths last year. There has been a 35% drop in deaths of bus passengers and drivers from 48 deaths in 2008 to 31 last year.
“But we are not resting on our laurels. I feel very sorrowful when I hear of road accidents and deaths,” he said.
Comprehensive measures, he said, were being taken to reduce bus-related accidents including driver management, sleep tests and installation of GPS devices.
Speed limiters would only be made compulsory following feedback from industry players.
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