PUTRAJAYA: Score 100 under the Road Transport Department’s (JPJ) new demerit points system and your only reward will be losing your licence.
JPJ director-general Datuk Seri Nadzri Siron said errant motorists would also be subject to incremental penalties for every 20 points they pick up, ranging from a warning to having their licence suspended for varying periods.
The Kejara system will be enforced from April 15 and will initially cover two offences: speeding and running a red light.
Running a red light would earn offenders four points for private vehicles, and six points for commercial vehicles such as buses and lorries.
“Buses and lorries pose a greater risk to the public and need to be held to a higher degree of responsibility,” Nadzri said.
For speeding, the demerits range from two to four points for private vehicles, depending on how much the speed limit was exceeded by.
For commercial vehicles, it ranges from four to six points.
Those with a Competent Driving Licence (CDL) get one warning and three suspensions before having their licence revoked, while new drivers with a Probationary Driving Licence are on an even shorter leash – getting 20 points will result in the immediate revocation of their licence.
Nadzri said a CDL could also be revoked if the offender gets suspended from driving three times within five years.
“The system is not to punish drivers – it’s for their own safety. We want to take habitual offenders off the road and reduce traffic accidents,” Nadzri said during a press briefing at the JPJ headquarters here yesterday.
Kejara will be integrated with Automated Enforcement System (AES) cameras as part of the Automated Awareness Safety System (Awas), which was introduced on April 1.
Nadzri said 4,949 traffic offences were caught on camera in the week since then. There are currently 14 AES cameras around the country, with JPJ having approval to install seven more soon.
Nadzri said the demerit points would be issued once offenders paid their compounds or were convicted in traffic court.
However, those who did not pay on time or make their court dates would be penalised automatically.
“Those who get enough demerit points to warrant a warning, suspension or revocation will be given notice,” he said.
Any suspension or revocation would take effect immediately after offenders hand in their licence at a JPJ office, or 21 days after the notice is issued.
Those who are convicted of more traffic offences while their licence is suspended or revoked can be fined between RM3,000 and RM10,000, or jailed a maximum of three years.
Those whose licences are revoked may re-apply for one after a 12-month cooling-off period.
Nadzri said those who have fewer than 20 demerit points may attend a rehabilitation course and 50% of the demerit points will be removed after they pass the course.
“Those who do not commit a traffic offence for a one-year period from their last offence are also eligible for a 50% demerit point removal incentive,” he said.
However, there would be no reset period, with points stacking up as long as the licence is valid and not suspended or revoked.
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