J.P.J. Gets Strict With Malaysian Drivers

Datuk Solah Mat Hassan, the Road Transport Department Director-General announced recently the J.P.J. is in the process of making various amendments to the R.T.O. 1987.

With the above amendments, motorists and motorcyclists, who currently ignore traffic summonses can now no longer be able to disregard traffic summonses. They have, as they say, reached a “dead end”.

With the proposed amendments to the law, those who break the law:

i) Can no longer renew their driving licenses.

ii) Cannot renew their vehicle road tax.

iii) Cannot apply to transfer vehicle ownership.

iv) Cannot apply to change engine number of vehicles.

Other amendments which would be made soon would include permitting the Local Council to send to the J.P.J. names of habitual offenders who refuse to settle outstanding summonses. Also, traffic offenders would no longer be able to give the excuse that they have not received summonses which are normally forwarded by post.

It looks as if motorists and motorcyclists should from henceforth ensure that their addresses which appear in the J.P.J. records are correct. Failing which the Road Transport authorities will deem that the addresses are up to date and all correspondences will be forwarded there.

Besides this, local councils will be from now on, be allowed to request the road transport authorities to blacklist those who have adamantly refused time and again to pay up their outstanding dues.

The J.P.J. director also said that the public could from now on update personal details via mail, e-mail, J.P.J. web site, via J.P.J. counters and selected post offices.

The R.T.O. 1987 is scheduled to undergo massive changes during the forthcoming Dewan Rakyat sitting which is to be convened on 11 October 2010. It is hoped that with these amendments, enforcement will be further enhanced. Road safety would also undergo improvement while road accidents will be reduced.

Furthermore, compounds will continue to remain at RM300 per summons. The minimum age to apply for motorcycle license or B2 license will however remain at 16.

Speaking about the forthcoming Automated Enforcement System (A.E.S.), which is to be implemented shortly throughout the entire nation, with the use of surveillance of video cameras, Datuk Solah reiterated that the A.E.S. would be outsourced to a private company.

However, the J.P.J. meanwhile will be the ones responsible for deciding on the issuance of summons. The A.E.S. is reported to be currently employed in more than 55 countries with very encouraging results.

For the time being, A.E.S. cameras will be installed at 265 traffic lights junctions throughout Malaysia, where motorists and motorcyclists normally beat traffic lights.

In 566 areas elsewhere, A.E.S. cameras will be positioned to detect speeding offenses. However, ample signs and warnings will first be set up in places where A.E.S. cameras are scheduled to be installed.

So all motorists and motorcyclists do beware! As they say, your days are numbered. Drive carefully and safely to avoid being unnecessarily summoned. In the present economic slowdown, a ringgit saved is indeed a ringgit earned.

By | 2012-09-21T20:30:30+08:00 October 8th, 2010|Driving In Malaysia|8 Comments

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  1. Dheep October 12, 2010 at 1:08 pm - Reply

    I have a problem with driving test. I am too nervous when i am with the instructor. Nothing goes right and i get very frustrated whenever he says ” ini dah fail ni”.

    It just saps my motivation and i just give up completely. This happened while i was taking my pre-test in melaka. Not surprisingly i failed. The ironic thing is i can drive fairly well when nobody is around. I seem to be more confident when alone rather than when the instructor is next to me.

    How do i stop being so self conscious and nervous? Help.

    Thank you

    • Cikgu Yap October 15, 2010 at 10:33 pm - Reply

      Don’t be easily disappointed. Some are like you. Get a hold of yourself. Keep on trying.

  2. duran October 30, 2010 at 8:18 am - Reply

    dear sir i,m a malaysian and planned to visit india for 3 weeks and also planned to drive on my own as im quit familiar with the roads there, so im planning to rent a car to drive over and i do understand that i can use my malaysian driver,s licence there but however juz wondering what if the person who,s renting the car dosen,t understand what,s written in the driver,s license as it,s written in malay… even if i translate it on my own, perhaps the locals there would not trust my translation… so im seeking for suggestion from u so that i can make sure that im at safe side before i leave malaysia to india?

    • Cikgu Yap November 2, 2010 at 12:29 am - Reply

      You should have no problem driving in India. Malaysian license can be used. Translate you license to English and have it officially stamped.

  3. Lim November 30, 2011 at 3:55 pm - Reply

    I am in need of help. Can a bankrupt person renew his/her road tax with JPJ? My friend is bankrupt due to guarantor to the supplier. It’s not because he owes governement money or bank money. Can someone please help me to clarify this? Thank you so very much.

    • Cikgu Yap December 1, 2011 at 10:55 pm - Reply

      I did some research on your case with a popular site, “Lawyerment Discussion Forum / Malaysian Law Discussion Forum For All”, reveals that a person can renew his / her driving license even if he is a bankrupt. It should be reiterated that a driving license is but only a qualification or permit to drive.

      For your further information, Section 100 of the RTO 1987, has even clarified that bankruptcy does not affect 3rd party claim too.

  4. Lim December 2, 2011 at 4:39 pm - Reply

    Thanks, Cikgu Yap for your quick response. I really appreciate it very much. So..what you are saying is that a bankrupt can renew his/her driving license. What about car “road tax”? Are they the same? I mean, can my freind renew car road tax? Sorry I keep asking because my friend is really worried. And thanks in advance for your kind help.

    • Cikgu Yap December 2, 2011 at 8:14 pm - Reply

      A bankruptcy cannot own properties. If your friend owns the vehicle, then he will not be able to renew his road tax. Most probably, the trustee for bankruptcy will inform the JPJ regarding your friend’s status.

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