KOTA KINABALU: The Transport Ministry hopes to hire more enforcement staff for the Road Transport Department (JPJ) as part of efforts to reduce road accidents in the country, its minister Datuk Seri Chan Kong Choy said.
“This is something I will be bringing up with Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Shamsuddin Osman,” he said, adding that the need to recruit more enforcement personnel around the country was quite urgent.
Citing an example, Chan said that only 154 of the 380 vacancies in the Sabah JPJ had been filled so far and most of the posts were for enforcement staff.
Noting that the Government was serious in reducing road accidents, Chan said various groups, including those in the transport industry, NGOs and traffic researchers agreed that Malaysia had sufficient laws to address the problem.
“But the lack of enforcement is one aspect that we have to look into.
“We have to go all out to nab those who flout our traffic laws.
“That is why we will need to look at these vacancies,” he said yesterday after visiting the Sabah JPJ headquarters in Penampang, near here.
Chan said the JPJ would be setting up its 10th minor branch office in the east coast Kuanak district and upgrading its enforcement station at the 60th kilometre of the Sandakan-Kota Kinabalu road to another minor branch by next year to further improve services.
He said he had also directed JPJ offices at major towns in Sabah to set up special counters for the disabled, elderly and pregnant women.
“JPJ officers should always assess how they can constantly improve their services,” he added.
To a question about Kota Kinabalu City Hall’s bid to tie up its computer system to JPJ to prevent those who fail to pay parking tickets from renewing road taxes, Chan said his ministry was considering the matter carefully.
“JPJ will, however, provide City Hall and other local authorities details of vehicle owners, including their names and addresses if such a request is made,'' he added.