PUTRAJAYA: Reckless and intoxicated drivers can be jailed up to 20 years once the Road Transport Act is amended, says Datuk Liew Vui Keong.
The Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department said the Act was being reviewed to introduce harsher punishments.
“The Cabinet has principally agreed that the law related to reckless driving and driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs must be reviewed. Among the considerations is to raise the jail term.
As the Act is under the Transport Ministry, it is being tasked to formulate the amendments and conduct the necessary studies.
“What the Cabinet wants to see is fewer road deaths caused by reckless or intoxicated drivers. The offenders must also be given a fairer punishment, ” said Liew after giving his yearly address at the Legal Affairs Division here.
Under the existing laws, those found driving intoxicated beyond the permissible amount can be jailed between three and 10 years and fined up to RM20,000.
The government is looking into reviewing the prescribed limit of alcohol content in the driver’s blood, which currently permits up to 80mg of alcohol in 100ml of blood.
The international limit set by the World Health Organisation is 50mg in 100ml of blood.
Under Section 41 of the Road Transport Act, those found guilty of reckless driving and causing death can be jailed up to 10 years, fined a maximum of RM20,000 and be banned from driving for at least three years.
Transport Minister Anthony Loke said the amendments to the Act could be tabled in Parliament as early as June.