Online penalty 'must be fair'
Selangor and Kuala Lumpur Lorry Operators Association secretary-general Alvin Choong said offenders must be informed when their licences were suspended under the recently-upgraded Motor Vehicles (Demerit Points) Penalty System (Kejara).
"Many drivers are computer-illiterate and unable to check the status of their licences.
"At the very least, the authorities should send a letter to the offenders to let them know the offences they have committed."
He was responding to recent announcement of the Road Transport Department's Cyberjaya Data Centre which provides real-time updates on all types of licences and vehicle records, including road tax renewals and vehicle inspections.
Under the upgraded system, drivers who fail to pay their summonses within 21 days could find their licences suspended online without having to physically surrender their licences to the department first.
Choong said the new system should be guarded from abuse and for the laws to be enforced fairly and consistently.
Pan Malaysian Bus Operators' Association president Datuk Ashraf Ali said it was important to differentiate between offences committed by drivers and those committed by the operators.
"It is unfair to punish the driver in cases, say, where the road tax has not been renewed.
"Similarly, it is unfair to punish the operator when a driver is caught for speeding," he told the New Straits Times.
He said it was important for commercial vehicle operators to be informed of any offences committed by their drivers as soon as possible so that swift action can be taken.
"In my experience, the system allows too many drivers to commit offences at the expense of the operators.
"Some operators find themselves having to pay fines or having their road tax renewal rejected, due to offences committed by a few irresponsible drivers."
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