10 Traffic Offenses In Malaysia That Will Cost You

In an earlier article written pertaining to traffic offenses which drivers may have committed against the Akta Pengangkutan Jalan 1987 (A.P.J.), some of the offenses have been highlighted for your perusal.

In this article, I will again highlight 10 other offenses, albeit lesser important ones, which many drivers might not be aware of. The list is as follow.

1) Brake Not Functioning.

Many drivers may not be aware, but brakes not functioning represent an offense. Should you be involved in a serious accident, you can be rest assured that the Road Transport Authorities will require your vehicle to be sent for a checkup to determine the condition of your brakes.

Circular K.15 (9) MV (C/U) LN 170/59, that makes it mandatory for a vehicle’s brakes to be checked. Under Section 119 (2), an offender can be fined a sum of RM300.

2) Allowing passengers to alight or ascend a vehicle and in the process hampers traffic flow.

I am rather certain this is one offense many drivers are unaware of. In allowing passengers to alight, or for that matter ascend a vehicle, the driver should see to it his vehicle is parked close to the side of the road shoulder. Failure to do this will via Circular K16RTR get the driver a summons for RM200. The court, under Section 119 (2), can impose for the above sum to be enacted upon you.

3) Beating a traffic light.

This is a very common traffic offense committed by many drivers. Making a mention to it again is not a waste of time. Under Circular K17 and 18 TS (LN 167/59) cites a driver committing an offense. Again Section 119 (2) allows the court authorities to impose a fine of RM300 on you.

4) Side doors and back doors of a vehicle not being closed tightly.

This action is considered dangerous action committed by a driver. As such, a driver driving a car in such a condition can under Circular K22 RTR, charge a driver. And under Section 119 (2) again, a driver is likely to receive a RM300 fine for it.

5) Motorcycles not fitted with handle bar mirrors.

Not having both the right and the left handle bar mirrors is an offense in Malaysia. Action by the authorities on motorcycles is provided for by Circular 21 MV (C/U). The court judge can under Section 119 (2) can fine a motorcyclist a sum of RM100 for the offense.

6) Wipers which are not functioning.

I remember, a Datsun 120Y used for tutoring students way back in the 1970s was found to have infringed Circular 23 MV (C/U), and under Section 119 (2) of the R.T.O. 1987. I received a J.P.J. summons of RM150.

7) Horn not functioning well.

Are you aware that if during a road block, the authorities, be it the Police or J.P.J., should find that your car horns are not functioning, Circular K24 MV (C/U) can get you charged under Section 119 (2) for a sum of RM150.

8) Indicator or signals not working.

Indicators and signals should always be in working condition. The above not working is obviously an offense as Circular K25 (MV (C/U) says very vividly that you have contravene a traffic offense. Do you know that the court can very well imposed a RM150 fine on you?

9) Brake lights not functioning.

Circular 26 MV (C/U) says clearly that a driver has committed a traffic offense. And under Section 119 (2), a driver is liable to be fined a sum of RM150. All these are sad but nonetheless true.

10) No mud flaps on vehicle.

A car that is not fitted by mud flaps has committed an offense and the driver can likely be fined as much as RM150. Circular K31 MV (C/U) allows a driver to be cited for an offense. Section 119 (2) says you can be fined a sum of RM150 for it.

10 seem to be a rather nice figure. As such, I feel that it should stop temporarily for the time being, as too many examples may lead to some readers getting bored. Until that next time around, drive carefully!

By | 2012-09-21T22:17:00+08:00 August 25th, 2010|Driving Schools|8 Comments

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  1. Sumesh Madu August 25, 2010 at 1:11 pm - Reply


    Am an Indian National holding a valid India license. What should I do to get the permission to drive here in Malaysia? Should I convert my india license to Malaysia one? If so I think I wont be able to use my India license when I am India right?

    Can you advise?

    Sumesh Madu

    • Cikgu Yap August 27, 2010 at 2:16 pm - Reply

      Malaysian authorities insist you must be a doctor to convert your license. Such being the case, you have little alternative but test for a Malaysian license.

  2. Azznaz September 1, 2010 at 11:33 am - Reply

    I am currently holding a Sri Lankan driving license; I am planning come down and work in Malaysia. Is it possible for me to use my International driving license in Malaysia? and for how long can I use this for?

    Thanks in advance.

    Best Regards,

    • Cikgu Yap September 2, 2010 at 8:55 pm - Reply

      Sri Lankan IDL is usable in Malaysia for reasonable time period of 3 to 6 months.

  3. Rinaldi December 29, 2010 at 2:25 pm - Reply

    Care to share what’s the meaning of ‘Tidak mempunyai penutup badan”, cicular K.31 MV (C/U)? As if can’t drive shirtless? I saw many truck drivers are driving shirtless due to non-AC’d trucks cum hot weather.

    • Cikgu Yap January 6, 2011 at 10:39 am - Reply

      In driving, you have to dress decently. Not wearing a short can land you in problem with the authorities.

      • Rinaldi January 7, 2011 at 11:06 pm - Reply

        Thanks. On top of that, the way I see it (from safety point of view), proper attire will reduce the injury in accident. However, since the regulation does not spell it out clearly, some will take it for granted. In fact, most drivers prone to ignore those clearly regulated, let alone attire while driving.

        • Cikgu Yap January 12, 2011 at 7:54 pm - Reply

          Correct, right attire will prevent injuries.

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