Dept to cancel wrongly issued summonses

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  • Saturday, 17 Jan 2009

KUALA LUMPUR: Those in vehicles not fitted with rear seat belts but who were summoned by the police or Road Transport Department (JPJ) can report to the Road Safety Department (JKJR) to have their summonses cancelled.

JKJR director-general Datuk Suret Singh said that for now, only those in vehicles with rear seat belts who did not use them would be summoned, adding that the department had given vehicle owners three years to get rear seat belts fitted.

He said issuing summonses to those in vehicles not fitted with rear seat belts was against the ruling announced by his department early this year.

Suret Singh said he had received information of several such cases in Johor Baru and Penang, adding that this may have happened due to a misunderstanding of instructions issued to the JPJ and police.

“Those affected can report to the department and we promise to have the summonses cancelled,” he told reporters after launching the 2009 Chinese New Year road safety campaign here yesterday.

He also said that 100,000 old-model Perodua Kancil cars would be given exemption stickers as they did not have the three “points” for fitting rear seat belts.

Meanwhile, in conjunction with Chinese New Year, the speed limit for federal roads would be reduced to 80kph from 90kph and for state roads, it would be decreased to 70kph from 80kph from Monday till Feb 2.

“A Operasi Bersepadu over 15 days beginning Monday will be conducted by 1,200 JPJ staff and 5,000 police personnel,” Suret Singh said. — Bernama

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