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.