Maximum fine for traffic offences to be RM1,000
The higher fine is among 51 amendments proposed under the Road Transport Act 1987 (Amendment) Bill 2010 tabled for first reading by Deputy Transport Minister Datuk Abdul Rahim Bakri in the Dewan Rakyat Monday.
The amendment was in line with the tabling of the Land Public Transport Bill 2010 and the Land Public Transport Commission Bill 2010.
Other amendments proposed are the raise in the legal driving age from 16 to 17 and an increase in the penalty for offences under Section 39, from a maximum of RM2,000 to a minimum of RM1,000 and not more than RM5,000.
The amendment also sees the incorporation of a new provision, Section 13A, to clarify that only the JPJ Director-General has the power to allocate the registration plate for a vehicle registered under the Act.
Anyone found guilty of making, producing, distributing, selling or installing fake registration plates can be fined a minimum of RM20,000 and not more than RM50,000 or jailed between one and three years, or both, upon conviction.
The amendment also proposed a raise in the fine for displaying plate numbers which are not in accordance to specification, from RM200 to RM3,000.
It also proposed a fine of between RM1,000 and RM5,000 or a minimum of one year's jail, or both, for those found to be endangering other road users or causing traffic obstruction.
A new subsection is also proposed which allows images of traffic offences captured on camera to be accepted as evidence in court.
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