Two-year ban for motorists on drugs

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Two-year ban for motorists on drugs

Postby admin » Fri Oct 27, 2006 9:29 am

KUALA LUMPUR: Motorcyclists and bus drivers caught driving under the influence of drugs will have their licences revoked for a minimum of two years.

Federal traffic police chief Senior Asst Comm (II) Nooryah Md Anvar, who announced this in the wake of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi’s instruction to the police to take drastic action against reckless motorcyclists and commercial bus drivers.

“Since the Ops Sikap XI traffic safety operation was launched on Oct 17, more than 50 motorcyclists and commercial bus drivers have tested positive for morphine, heroin and ganja while they were on the road,” she told a press conference here.

She said the revocation was provided for under the Road Transport Act and that the Road Transport Department (JPJ) was empowered to revoke the licences of these errant drivers within 14 days after receiving the urine test reports from the traffic police.

This action would be conducted throughout the year and not only during festive seasons, she said.

SAC Nooryah said that on expiry of the two-year period the offenders would also be made to resit the JPJ road test before a new licence will be issued to them.

“But you have to bear in mind that after the two-year period, the JPJ has the discretion whether or not to allow an offender to resit the road test. If the department feels that the offender must wait for a longer period, then that person will not be allowed to resit the road test,” she said.

SAC Nooryah also said that out of the 156 fatalities reported in first nine days of Ops Sikap XI, 106 deaths involved motorcyclists and pillion riders, mostly aged between 16 and 27.

She also said the police planned to install speed-trap cameras every 50km along accident-prone state and federal roads. – Bernama

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