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Harga Saman lalulintas Kekal Rm 300

Dua usul yang dibawa untuk  Akta Pengangkutan Jalan 1987 iaitu untuk meningkatkan denda bagi pelanggaran lalu lintas dari RM300 kepada RM1, 000 dan meningkatkan usia undang-undang bagi motor dari usia 16-17 tahun - telah dihapuskan.
Keputusan untuk menarik pindaan dilakukan selepas mengumpul maklum balas daripada pelbagai aspeks.

RM300 fine stays
By Eileen Ng

KUALA LUMPUR: Two proposed amendments to the Road Transport Act 1987 — to raise compound fines for traffic offences from RM300 to RM1,000 and increase the legal age for riding motorcycles from 16 to 17 — have been scrapped.

Road Transport Department sources said the decision to pull out the amendments was made after gathering feedback from various quarters.

The government had withdrawn the bill during the Parliament sitting in April following objections from the Barisan Nasional Backbenchers Club (BNBBC).

The sources said feedback was sought from BNBBC, non-governmental organisations and the public.

“There were numerous objections. Many felt the amendments would be a burden to the people, especially the low-income group and those living in rural areas. The (transport) minister decided to heed their views and drop the proposals,” said the source.

Although the two proposed amendments have been scrapped, the bill will still be re-tabled in June for a second reading as there are other clauses that need to be debated in Parliament.

They include proposals for the implementation of the Automated Enforcement System which utilises hi-tech digital cameras to capture motorists who violate traffic rules as well as rules governing the use of alternative fuel vehicles.

Another source said at last week’s cabinet meeting, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak stressed the importance of tabling the bill in the June sitting.

“The prime minister wants the bill to be tabled fast in the interest of the people,” he said.

Transport Minister Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat said the two amendments were just proposals.

“Some things have been blown out of proportion,” he said after opening the Franchising and Entrepreneur Conference at Mid Valley Exhibition Hall yesterday.

In an immediate reaction, Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research director-general Professor Dr Ahmad Farhan Mohd Sadullah said the decision to scrap the two amendments would not necessarily mean there would be more accidents.

“It depends on people’s attitude. One of the ways to address road safety is for the public to follow existing traffic rules,” he said.

Federation of Malaysian Consumers Associations president Datuk N. Marimuthu said itwas the attitude of drivers that contributed to accidents and stiffer fines would not alleviate the problem.

“People should talk to their loved ones and families about the importance of following traffic rules and not to drive recklessly. If you love your life, you won’t do anything to endanger yourself,” he said.

National Parent-Teacher Association chairman Associate Professor Dr Ali Hassan said parents and teachers should play an active role in educating the young on the need to practise good driving behaviour.

“There is no point raising the age limit and penalties if parents and teachers don’t play an active role in educating their charges.

“At the very least, the stakeholders — from parents to community leaders — should contribute to ensure the young obey traffic rules.”

The Association for the Improvement Of Mass Transit spokesman M. Zulkarnain Hamzah said stiff penalties would only work if improvements were made to the public transport system.
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