Councils to adopt new regulations


PUTRAJAYA: Twelve local authorities nationwide will adopt several new regulations, including on mandatory broadband infrastructure and universal design for the physically-challenged and aged folk.

Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Chor Chee Heung said broadband has been classed as a basic service for new homes and other buildings, whether wireless or through fixed lines.

He said the local councils have agreed to the change under the Uniform Building By-Laws.

“It won't drive up property prices much because it is not specifically one wire to every unit,” he said after the 64th meeting of the National Council for Local Government, chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin yesterday.

Chor said the design of shoplots and other buildings under the state governments and local authorities must also follow the Universal Design Guidelines to accommodate the physically-challenged, the elderly and children.

The length of time it takes to apply to set up new businesses has also been reduced to within one working day, he said.

On traffic summonses, Chor said the local councils would adopt the Road Transport Department's schedule for summons.

Under the new schedule, the payment period has been divided into three stages days 1-15, 16-30 and 31-60. After 60 days, the case will be filed in court.

Habitual offenders who are involved in at least three cases within two months would be fined twice the original amount but to a maximum of RM300 per case.


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