We have been concentrating on traffic summons committed mostly by car drivers. There however are some readers who wish to know what motorcycle riders can be summoned for. Below is some of the variety of summonses which a motorcyclist could face.
1) Parking in parking areas allocated for cars.
Although the police seldom summon motorcyclists for this offence, there are certain instances where motorcyclists have been summoned for this offence.
2) Not wearing helmets.
Some motorcyclists forget wearing their helmets. Some purposely ignore the law and fail to wear helmets. Not wearing helmets can get you a RM100 fine under Section 119 (2) Road Transport Act 1978.
3) Not tying helmet properly.
Not tying your helmet properly is also considered as not wearing your helmet at all. A fine also awaits you.
4) Not possessing licence with them while riding.
To ride a motor, yet the rider has forgotten to bring along his licence is an offence. Section 119 (2) of the Road Transport Act 1978 will have a rider committing this offence a RM150 fine.
5) “L” drivers ferrying pillion riders.
A rider holding a “L” licence cannot ferry pillion riders. Caught infringing this law will also get you a summons.
6) Non-display of “L” or “P” plates.
These two categories of riders have to display either “L” or “P” plates. Failure to do so when stopped by the police is an offence. For “P” licence holders, they will get 10 Demerit Points which can mean the “P” licence being Suspended!
7) Expired road tax and driving licence.
These are two offences frequently committed by motorcycle riders. So it’s best for riders to remember their road tax and driving licences are not expired.
8) No right hand side handle bar mirror.
Not having the right handle “handle bar” mirror represent an offence. So please ensure this mirror is also present in your motorcycle itinerary.
9) Riding without headlights and tail lights on.
In Malaysia, the law provides the use of both “headlights” and “tail lights” being used during the day time. Caught not using both these items will be deemed as an offence.
10) Involved in illegal racing.
Most youths these days are involved in illegal racing or “merempit motor”. This activity infringes Section 81 of the Road Transport Act 1978. Those found guilty faces a RM2000 fine or a 6 month imprisonment.
If we were to go on, the list of offences which can be committed by motorcyclists will continue to grow indefinitely. In reality, there can be no end.
So motorcyclists should ride carefully and try to avoid committing unnecessary mistakes which may cause them to be summoned by the authorities.