Demerit System Malaysia – How Your Points Are Deducted

First of all, the Kejara System or the Demerit system adopted by the Road Transport Department at Putrajaya, mainly involves 2 categories of drivers only.

i) “P” or new drivers who have just received their licenses.

ii) Competent Driver Licenses (C.D.L.) or passed drivers.

Learners Driver License or “L” drivers, being temporary license holders are not involved in this system at all.

In an earlier article on the Kejara System, I have promised to talk about traffic offenses and the demerit points which are accorded to drivers.

All in all, 18 important offenses are involved. I believe drivers would be rather eager to know what these offenses are. The offenses together with the demerit points, which would be awarded are as follows:

1) 15 demerit points.

5 traffic offences are accorded for various traffic offences. Amongst them are:

a) Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs

b) Dangerous and careless driving.

c) Driving with undue care and in inconsiderate manner.

d) Speeding or road testing activities.

e) Without due good reasons, refusal to provide specimens of breath, urine and blood to the police when requested to do so.

2) 10 demerit points.

For this, 10 demerit points are involved. Basically, it involves 3 main traffic offences. They are:

a) Failure to obey traffic lights.

b) Failure to install P stickers both front and back of one’s vehicles.

c) Exceeding a speed limit of more than 40 km/h in a designated road.

3) 8 demerit points.

Next under the Kejara System, offences which are deemed as important and therefore should not be violated by a driver are given 8 demerit points. What are the offences are we talking about? They are:

a) Speeding exceeding 26 km/h – 40 km/h at a designated place.

b) Offences involving overtaking and obstruction whilst in the process of overtaking.

c) Not giving way to ambulances, fire brigade, customs, police and J.P.J. vehicles.

d) Offences by drivers at zebra or pedestrian crossing areas.

e) Offences which involves non adherence to driving on the left hand side of the road.

f) Failure to stop at junctions.

g) Careless and not giving due care to the control of vehicles.

The above are 7 traffic offences which drivers are advised to keep a look out for.

4) 6 demerit points.

Exceeding speed limit at certain designated areas of speed of between 1 km/h – 25 km/h will get you a 6 point penalty.

5) 5 demerit points.

I can think of 6 offences which carries 5 demerit points. They are:

a) Using a motor vehicle at road block areas.

b) Disobeying directions and traffic signs.

c) Using worn out tyres.

d) Overtaking at double lines.

e) Failure to adhere to rules and regulations pertaining to P drivers under Kaedah 15A (Kaedah-kaedah Kenderaan Motor (lesen Memandu) 1992.

f) Failure to bring along one’s driving license while driving.

g) Failure to adhere to the requirement of alcohol content of breath, urine and blood being at 0.00 level.

Keeping an eye on the above important traffic offenses will g along way to prevent drivers getting demerit points.

In the process, you wouldn’t have to worry about your driving licenses getting black listed by the J.P.J. authorities. And you will have no problems at all getting your driving licenses renewed or your road tax issued when the time comes.

By | 2016-11-10T17:22:10+08:00 June 14th, 2010|Driving License|39 Comments

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  1. ym June 27, 2010 at 11:36 pm - Reply

    Dear Cikgu Yap,

    I’ll be going to Europe next year for around 3 weeks. Do I have to apply for the International Driver License in order for me to drive around in Europe??

    Thank you

    • Cikgu Yap June 29, 2010 at 12:00 am - Reply

      Most European countries accept Malaysian license. Not necessary to get IDL.

  2. Lee July 11, 2010 at 8:58 am - Reply

    Cikgu yap,

    “driving under the influence of alcohol” at the 15 demerit points means drunk driving right? Also, “Failure to adhere to the requirement of alcohol content of breath, urine and blood being at 0.00 level” means you cant even drink a little before driving?

    • Cikgu Yap July 13, 2010 at 5:41 pm - Reply

      Yes, you are absolutely right. Yes, you are not allowed to drive if you consume alcohol.

  3. delex October 20, 2011 at 10:39 pm - Reply

    Hello Cikgu Yap! Sorry if this sounds like a dumb question but I just want to make sure.. I don’t really get the part “Exceeding a speed limit of more than 40 km/h in a designated road”. Does it mean

    1. Offensive to drive over the speed limit by as much as 40 km/h (e.g. limit is 90 km/h & I drive at 130 km/h)


    2. offensive to drive over the speed limit regardless of how much when the speed limit is over 40 km/h (e.g. limit is 90 km/h & I drive at 95 km/h)

    I really just want to make sure. Big thanks in advance! :)

    • Cikgu Yap October 25, 2011 at 7:32 pm - Reply

      40 km/h means you are not allowed to go more than the above speed limit. Even if you are travelling at 45 km/h, you have committed an offense.

  4. Chew December 18, 2011 at 12:15 am - Reply

    Hey Cikgu Yap, I just got into an accident 3 hours ago, and i’m on my way to report it in a short while. The situation is like this: I drive a kancil, was going back to my house using Federal Highway, and got into an accident with a Toyota Vios on the right lane.
    My bumper knocked against his and his bumper dropped. The damage was moderate. And the problem is, i am a P license holder.

    Will i get suspended?

    • Cikgu Yap December 20, 2011 at 8:10 pm - Reply

      As your accident has not been settled amicably, make a police report. Your incident, being a minor one, demerit points, in my opinion, will not be enforced.

  5. Dr faizal April 15, 2012 at 8:54 pm - Reply

    I would like to know, what happen if my car is being used by my sister who only has p licence and she got 2 summon within 1 week for speeding. Will my licence be suspended? Can i transfer the point to her? Thanks for your advise.

    • Cikgu Yap April 18, 2012 at 4:05 pm - Reply

      If your sister is issued the summons, then she’ll be charged for it. In cases whereby a speed trap is involved, where the driver is not ascertained, then the owner, that is yourself, will bear the consequences.

  6. Rexanne Victoria July 16, 2014 at 9:19 am - Reply

    Hi, I would like to seek for your advice regarding the demerit points as I am new to Malaysia. Recently, I got a notice from JPJ and they were claimed that I / the driver at that time failure to obey traffic lights and asking me to go the office together with the documents that they mentioned in the notice. In this case, will my licence be suspended? or i pay the summon ?

    Thanks for your advice.

    • Cikgu Yap July 20, 2014 at 11:50 am - Reply

      Dear Rexanne, Pay up your summons. Unlikely your licence will be affected.

  7. Yeo July 30, 2014 at 10:50 am - Reply

    Dear Cikgu Yap, how do I check my demerit points online if I am not currently in Malaysia?

    • Cikgu Yap August 2, 2014 at 10:57 am - Reply

      Your absence from Malaysia will make it quite difficult for checking your demerit points.

  8. Mo August 10, 2014 at 4:04 pm - Reply

    Hi Cikgu Yap, I am P license holder which probationary period will be ended in this November. I got caught by AES in July and I suspected myself failed to obey traffic light today (which traffic lamp showed yellow light and I did a U-turn, I thought it should be legal act?), I paid the AES summons on the next day I received JPJ letter, will by license suspended due to demerit system?

    • Cikgu Yap August 12, 2014 at 4:37 pm - Reply

      Only time will tell if the demerit points will catch up to you.

  9. Sin Yee August 13, 2014 at 8:27 pm - Reply

    Hi , I would like to ask if my friend who has a P license and got a summon for speeding a month ago , will my friend get demerits for it ? And if yes , does he still gets the demerit if he goes to pay the summon ?

    • Cikgu Yap August 16, 2014 at 12:20 pm - Reply

      If applied strictly, P drivers who get 10 demerit points will lose their licenses.

      • Sin Yee August 17, 2014 at 3:14 pm - Reply

        So does it mean that even if he paid the summon , he’ll still get demerits ?

        • Cikgu Yap August 21, 2014 at 1:27 pm - Reply

          Dear Sin Yee, The possibility exists.

  10. ricks September 6, 2014 at 12:53 pm - Reply

    Hello, thank you for your time..

    I got into an accident yesterday and no one was hurt but my car has more damaged than the other car. But it was totally my fault. If I were to make a police report will my P license get suspended? And the P license will due on this year November which is soon.
    Can I know how much demerit points for this case?

    Thank you very much

    • Cikgu Yap September 10, 2014 at 2:41 pm - Reply

      All depends on how serious the accident was. The possibility if action being taken against you is high.

  11. Chung Lee September 14, 2014 at 2:12 am - Reply

    Hi Cikgu Yap,
    I’ve received 2 summons. 1. Speeding at 114km/h where the speed limit is 80km/h (exceeded 38km/h). 2. Illegal U-turn.
    How many demerit points will I receive and will my license be suspended? By the way I’m a P license holder. Thank you in advance.

    • Cikgu Yap September 14, 2014 at 7:47 pm - Reply

      Dear Chung Lee, For speeding at 138 kmj, P drivers receive 8 points. 10 points disqualification. U-turn RM300 fine.

  12. lai September 16, 2014 at 11:51 am - Reply

    Sir, I did the alcohol test at police station, the reading is 176…what will happen as I m P license holder? Some more my P is going to expire next month 30/10/2014. Quite worry about this matter…

    • Cikgu Yap September 20, 2014 at 8:34 am - Reply

      Assuming you are found to be in the wrong, the demerit system might affect your P license. However, only time will tell if action will be taken against you.

  13. Teong December 8, 2014 at 9:25 am - Reply

    Hi Cikgu Yap,

    Once P license is entiled, how much points is given, and what the max point can be dedected so that the license wont be suspeneded?

    • Cikgu Yap December 12, 2014 at 6:04 pm - Reply

      I suggest you get a good reference book on driving as your licence’s future very much depends on it.

  14. Mavis December 8, 2014 at 4:24 pm - Reply

    Hi cikgu yap:
    I Sudah dapat p license 6bulan,i belaku kemalangan dan polis Sudah bagi I saman….saman tu kesalahan ialah kemalangan. Saya akan potong makar berapa. Nanti I lepas p license ada apa masalah tak…

    • Cikgu Yap December 12, 2014 at 6:03 pm - Reply

      Kena sabar tunggu tindakan JPJ saja.

  15. deen December 15, 2014 at 9:49 pm - Reply

    Hi frnds,

    I am a P license holder and recently met with an accident. I was climbing the slop at a parking bay when there was clear traffic and all of a sudden one car came at a speed and hit my car. We both went and met traffic Sargent, he said the fault is on my side, but I explained to him that I stopped and watched the traffic and then I started to climb and there was no vehicle, after I started to turn the vehicle I was hit by the other car. I am confused with Sargent’s explanation to me. Please help me with your views !! thanks

    • Cikgu Yap December 19, 2014 at 11:26 am - Reply

      Best is to allow the Sargent to decide who is at fault.

  16. mumtaz September 1, 2015 at 10:31 am - Reply

    hello cikgu yap,
    saya harap cikgu dpt menjawab SEMUA soalan saya, sbb sgt merungsingkan kepala saya.

    31 Ogos 2015, saya dan rakan saya (Jammy) telah pergi bersiar-siar, disebabkan waktu semakin larut malam (2.30pagi), saya sangat mengantuk dan meminta rakan saya, Jammy utk memandu kereta saya. Malangnya, polis trafik telah membuat road block, dan meminta lesen memandu Jammy. Malang sekali lagi, Jammy tiada lesen memandu, dia hanya ada lesen memandu L. Untuk mengelakkan disaman dengan lebih teruk lagi, Jammy terus mengaku tiada lesen, dan tidak memberitahu, dia mempunyai lesen L. Selepas berbincang, polis berkenaan bersetuju menukar kesalahan Jammy kepada “lupa membawa lesen”. Akibat risau yg teramat, saya dan Jammy terus ke balai polis utk membuat pembayaran saman, tapi pejabat tutup. huhuhu..
    Yang saya risau sekarang,
    1.adakah lesen L Jammy akan digantung atau terbatal?
    2. berapa bayaran saman dikenakan ke atas kesalahan lupa membawa lesen memandu
    3. selepas membuat pembayaran saman, adakah surat saman masih akan dihantar ke rumah?

    harap cikgu yap dapat membantu saya.
    terima kasih sgt.

    • Cikgu Yap September 2, 2015 at 10:03 am - Reply

      Jawapan kepada soalan-soalan anda:

      1) L lesen sementara. Biasanya tidak ada tindakan terhadapnya.

      2) Biasanya RM150

      3) Selepas bayaran, tiada lagi surat saman di hantar ke rumah.

  17. Nini December 27, 2016 at 4:15 pm - Reply

    Hi Mr Yap,

    I recently bumped into my friend’s stationary car at the back area while I reversed. She has a small scratch while my side front bumper had some paint scraped off. Both of us are planning to report it to the police station within 24hrs so she can claim my insurance. As I am still a P-license holder, how many points do you think I will get deducted as I understand I only have 10 demerit points. I understand I will also be fine rm300 but will my friend get fined too? Please advise, thank you.

    • Cikgu Yap January 23, 2017 at 11:26 am - Reply

      For small dents and scratches, you don’t have to claim your insurance.

      If you do, you are going to loose your NCB. Just pay for the repainting job and be done with it.

  18. NG JIA YONG September 23, 2017 at 5:45 pm - Reply

    I just hit a honda jazz car,would I possible be deducted 15 demerit point:careless driving

    • Cikgu Yap September 27, 2017 at 9:12 pm - Reply

      If the other party made a police report and your are found guilty, it is a possibility you will get the demerit points.

      • Kagevady August 31, 2018 at 2:01 am - Reply

        Hi cikgu yap, i just got roadblocked by the jpj today and got a saman of not paying road tax, not paying insurans and the one that im worried the most: not placing the 2 p stickers front and back, i got this saman at 30/8/2018 and my license end at 02/04/2019. The car is not mine as i borrowed it from my uncle, so the roadtax and insurans have to be paid for the saman asap but what about my p stickers fine? Should i pay for the saman relating to the p ticket that is due to 2/12/18 or cn i wait till my license end (which i dont think is possible)? Can i still drive? Is my p license revoked? Do i really still hv to resit for the test? When can i have to sit for the test if my license is really revoked? How will i know my license is really revoked or not? Pls help me, im very scared….

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