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Thursday August 22, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Thursday August 22, 2013 MYT 8:05:17 AM
by farik zolkepli
KUALA LUMPUR: Police are looking into suspending the licences of blacklisted motorists.
Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said police were working with the Road Transport Department (JPJ) and the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) to amend the law to allow this, starting with motorcyclists and drivers of commercial vehicles.
“Motorcyclists represent the highest number of road offenders and fatalities. It’s time for us to do something drastic and ensure they abide by traffic regulations.
“Normally, those blacklisted will not be able to renew their licences or road tax. We want to go one step further by suspending their licences as well,” he told a press conference after presenting certificates of appreciation to 50 people for being model drivers yesterday.
He also revealed that the nationwide Ops Warta crackdown which is expected to start this month will see police going after 1.7 million errant motorists responsible for millions of ringgit in unpaid summonses nationwide.
Police will issue arrest warrants on those who have failed to settle their traffic summonses for various offences, including speeding, beating the traffic lights and overtaking on the double line.
“Those blacklisted are motorists who were issued summonses physically, but not those who were notified via post,” he added.
Khalid also said he was not satisfied with the recent Ops Selamat during the Hari Raya period as the attitude of motorists has not changed.
“The result of the 15-day Ops Selamat was not satisfying, with fatal accidents spiking by 32 cases – from 228 previously to 258 cases.
“The number of deaths (from accidents) also saw an increase of 49 cases to 292 cases compared to the previous Ops Selamat where 243 deaths were recorded.
“This shows that more aggressive enforcement is needed to change the attitude of motorists,” he said.
On the proposal for the electronic number plate or e-plate, Khalid said police were still pushing for it so that motorists involved in crime could be tracked down easily.
“We have proposed the matter to JPJ. We hope to work together to conduct a study on it,” he said.
Meanwhile, JPJ director-general Datuk Ismail Ahmad said the department welcomed the e-plate proposal. “It is still in the initial stages. We will discuss the matter with the police further,” he said.
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