PETALING JAYA: The proposed amendments to the Road Transport Act to address reckless driving and driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol will be tabled at the upcoming Dewan Rakyat meeting, which starts on July 13, after being endorsed by the Cabinet, says Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong.
The Transport Minister said several outstanding amendments had been finalised by the Attorney General’s Chambers after the Cabinet’s approval in principle of the proposed amendments to the Road Transport Act 1987 (Act 333), especially for Sections 41 to 45, on June 24.
“These final amendments or Bill, which should be endorsed by the Cabinet soon, will then be tabled in the upcoming Parliament meeting.
“Hopefully, we will receive the support of the House to pass tougher laws to protect road users and pedestrians, ” he said on his Facebook page yesterday.
Dr Wee added that the proposed amendments to the Act would also address the irresponsible use of basikal lajak or micromobility vehicles which could cause accidents or even deaths.
He also said the ministry would continue to advocate the responsible use of vehicles on the road by educating road users and passengers and creating safety awareness among them.
“The time has also come to get tough on lawbreakers and those who continue to be irresponsible on the road. Hence, the government is serious in bringing these amendments to Act 333 forward, ” he said.
Dr Wee urged the public to play its part in preventing recklessness or drink-driving.
“This is part of the public advocacy that is crucially needed to deter and combat this social ill which neglects the safety of oneself and others on the roads, ” he said.
Previously, drivers have caused accidents resulting in deaths after driving under the influence of alcohol. These incidents have triggered calls for tougher penalties against those who drink and drive.
Separately, Dr Wee said Sabah Commercial Vehicle Licensing Board (LPKP) chairman Datuk Chin Kim Hiung paid a courtesy visit to his office to discuss ideas to coordinate land transport matters more effectively between the Federal Government and the state.
“Datuk Chin also brought forward some feedback from the ground which we will study further for improvements, ” he said.