Bill on Road Transport Act amendments to be tabled next month

By THE STAR | 3 April 2016

PUTRAJAYA: A Bill to amend the Road Transport Act for the implementation of the Awareness Automated Safety System (Awas) will be tabled in Parliament next month, Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said.

“We are currently dealing with the legal implications.

“(In order to implement Awas), we need to amend the Road Transport Act,” he told reporters after presenting certificates to driving institutions which obtained a 5-star rating at his ministry here yesterday.

As the Parliament session is nearing its end, Liow said he hoped to table the Bill in the next session in May.

Awas is a new system which unifies the Kejara demerit points system and the current system Automated Enforce­ment System.

On another issue, Liow said unlicensed motorcyclists could now get a licence at a discounted price from Wednesday.

“This is to ensure all motorists possess a valid licence,” he said, adding that the public only had to pay RM299 to undergo a test for B2-class licence to ride a motorcycle under 250cc instead of the usual RM350.

The move was taken as many motorcyclists were found to be riding without licences and motorcyclists made up of some 60% of the road fatalities.

Among the 6,706 lives lost in traffic accidents last year, more than one quarter were below 25 years old.

Liow said the first phase of the programme, launched last year, received an overwhelming response from the people.

It was reported that more than 20,000 unlicensed motorcyclists had signed up for the MyLesen programme, which enable them to obtain a motorcycle licence at RM299, instead of the usual RM350 fee.

“We are relaunching it on April 6,” Liow said.

He also urged unlicensed motorcyclists, who were 45-year-old and above, to get a B2-class licence at RM170 under the Satu Komuniti Satu JPJ programme.

Of the 200 institutions nationwide being assessed, only nine achieved almost all the assessment criteria to receive the recognition and were granted a four-year permit.