As a driver, you must surely have come across the System Kejara.
Kejara is in fact an abbreviation of the words “Keselamatan Jalan Raya”.
This system is specially meant for “P” drivers and Competent Driver’s License (C.D.L.) holders. Those holding “L” licenses are however not involved with this system. As temporary license holders are exempted.
The rate of accidents in Malaysia is unfortunately rather high. The government worry about it has led the implementation of the System Kejara.
Even though drivers are fined and stern actions are taken under the Road Transport Act 1987, yet traffic offenses are still being committed. Malaysian drivers do not seem to fear summons, be it compound or summons to appear at court.
As such, this has led to the government and the Road Transport Authority, the J.P.J. to implement the System Kejara.
Why has it been found necessary for the system to be implemented?
Basically, the System Kejara is intended to:
i) Decrease the rate of road accidents.
ii) Increase the awareness of drivers regarding road safety.
iii) To ensure that drivers adhere to rules and regulations of driving.
iv) The intention of creating drivers who are well disciplined, courteous and responsible.
v) And finally, obviously to take stern action against drivers who have committed traffic offences.
A driver may wish to know, how the System Kejara works. First of all, the system functions along A.P.J. 35, 35a, 37 and 38 of the Kaedah-kaedah Kenderaan Motor (Mata Demerit) 1997.
Under the above system, a tabulation record is set up at the Road Traffic Department in Putrajaya to calculate demerit points which are awarded to drivers.
Drivers who accumulated 15 or more demerit points will have action taken against them. This is for C.D.L. owners. “P” license holders will have action taken against them should they achieve 10 demerit points or more.
What actions are taken against them?
i) A driver who accumulates 15 demerit or more for the first time, will face a 6 months suspension.
ii) For the second time, a driver who achieves 15 or more demerit points will be faced with a 12 months suspension.
iii) A driver who achieves a 15 or more demerit points the 3rd time (within a span of 5 years) will face a further 12 months suspension and possible action to ban him from further attempts to drive.
Besides the above actions, if a C.D.L. holder should have his license suspended, he is prohibited not only to drive, he is also not allowed to apply for a learner’s license or “L” or any other license to drive any class of vehicle, while he is under suspension.
“P” license holders who achieve 10 or more demerit points will have their licenses banned or withdrawn.
C.D.L. and “P” license holders how have had their licenses suspended will not be allowed to drive or for the matter be permitted to apply any license to drive whatever class of vehicles. This takes effect from the date on which the license was handed back to the authorities.
Besides taking stern actions upon drivers, the authorities conduct courses to rehabilitate wayward and ill disciplined drivers as well.
The Director General of the Road Transport Department can direct drivers whose licenses have been suspended to attend refresher courses too. Upon a successful attendance of such courses, the suspension duration of a driver’s license can be reduced accordingly.
For 1st time suspension, the period of reduction is 4 weeks. For 2nd time suspension, the period of reduction is 8 weeks.
Refresher courses are not the only thing the J.P.J. authorities conduct. They actually give bonuses also. Drivers who achieve less than 15 demerit points, and those who do not accumulate any further points continuously for 24 months following, will be awarded 7 points which will then be set aside.
Finally, there is yet the action of penalty which is taken on drivers under the System Kejara.
If you are caught driving during the period your driving license is suspended or banned, you can be fined a sum of RM2000 or face a 6 months imprisonment.
This article has chosen to explain what the System Kejara is. In articles to follow, I might contemplate to write upon the demerit points which will be awarded for traffic offenses committed by drivers. In the meantime, drive carefully and make sure you do not collect demerit points.