PETALING JAYA: The proposed stringent licensing regulation aimed at reducing road accidents will be introduced within this year, said Transport Ministry's parliamentary secretary Datuk Donald Lim.
He said road safety experts from the private and public sectors were studying the proposal, which includes increasing the driving hours for learner-drivers.
Lim said the need to introduce stricter regulations was pressing because of the increasing number of vehicles and driving licence holders in the country.
“Up to December last year, 12 million vehicles, including 4.5 million cars, have been registered while nine million licences have been issued,'' he said when opening the Brother CSE Car Audio shop in Section 14 here yesterday.
Lim said the number of fatal accidents was about 5,800 per year.
He added that heavy vehicle drivers would also be required to undergo a second driving course to learn good driving habits.
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