BENTONG: Instead of only introducing measures to penalise errant motorists, the Transport Ministry is now looking into proposals to award incentives to law-abiding road users.
“With the licence upgrades, one can get a better premium for their insurance,” minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said.
He said there were suggestions for an upgrade of driving licences if motorists were free of traffic offences or accidents.
The level of upgrade would depend on the number of years that the motorist is free of such offences.
“This is to recognise the good drivers and those who obey the law rather than only penalising the offenders,” he told a press conference after attending the Felda Lurah Bilut Chinese New Year celebration here yesterday.
Liow said the suggestion came from public feedback on the Kejara demerit points system and the Automated Enforcement System.
On Tuesday, Liow said that the ministry would expedite the implementation of a revamped Kejara, which could see suspension and even cancellation of driving licences of those who flouted the rules.
He said there was no easy way out when it came to road safety except for being courteous on the road.
“We need to have discipline and we need to obey the traffic rules.”
He said a Cabinet committee led by Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi would be set up to look into an integrated plan on how to reduce road accidents.
“I’m confident that this will help reduce the number of road accident deaths by 10% this year,” Liow said, adding that he aimed to lower the figure by 10% annually.
Road accidents in Malaysia claimed 6,706 lives last year and 6,674 in 2014.
At an event in Putrajaya, Liow said the road safety education module would be reviewed to include more current situations such as the usage of mobile phones while driving.
“According to a study by the World Health Organisation, young drivers have a higher risk of being distracted while driving and using a phone,” he said when launching the review of the module project.
The review, spearheaded by the Road Safety Department and the Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research, will take a year to complete and the new module could be used in schools next year.
The public can give their feedback on the review at www.rse.miros.gov.my from now till March 17.