Raya warning for probationary drivers


  • Nation
  • Friday, 21 Nov 2003

By SA’ODAH ELIAS

PUTRAJAYA: Errant probationary drivers who are booked for driving on emergency lanes, beating red lights or overtaking at double lines during the Hari Raya holiday season will have their driving licences revoked. 

This stern warning came from Road Transport Department (JPJ) director-general Datuk Emran Kadir, who said no appeal from the drivers would be entertained. 

He said probationary drivers who committed traffic offences during the two weeks before and after Hari Raya would have to wait a year before they could resit their driving tests. 

The move, he said, was to motivate such drivers, who are generally still lacking in driving skills, to exercise greater care. 

Usually, probationary drivers who have accumulated the maximum 10 demerit points within a year after obtaining their driving licences, could still appeal against having their licences revoked and choose to sit for a refresher course. 

JPJ statistics showed that at present, about half a million drivers are probationary drivers although quite a lot of them did not display the required “P” sticker on their vehicles. 

On the ban on heavy vehicles from using the roads for two days before and two days after Hari Raya, Emran said those who flouted the ruling could have their vehicles seized for 48 hours for inspection. 

He urged vehicle owners to adhere to the ruling and co-operate with the authorities to reduce traffic accidents.  

“I am confident that the majority of heavy vehicle owners will co-operate. After all, the ban is only for four days. 

“Those who do not follow the ruling will be penalised. 

“We will detain their vehicle and this is provided for under Section 59 of the Road Transport Act,” he warned. 

He urged the public to help the authorities in enforcing the ruling by calling the department or the nearest police station if they spot any such vehicle on the road on the four days. 

The police and JPJ officers, he said, could not be everywhere and needed the help of the public to nab errant drivers. 

In Petaling Jaya, the Automobile Association of Malaysia commended the Government for taking concrete action to make the roads safer for motorists during the festive season. 

Its chairman Tunku Datuk Mudzaffar Tunku Mustapha said it was the first time concrete efforts were being made and urged the people to co-operate with the authorities.  

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