Drunk? Call the tow truck

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  • Sunday, 02 Aug 2020

Lending a hand: A tow trucker tending to a customer’s car while the customer (centre) is helped by two friends during a reenactment shoot along Anson Road, George Town. — CHAN BOON KAI/The Star

GEORGE TOWN: If you are too drunk to drive, who can you call? If you are not a fan of e-hailing, fret not, for you can now call the tow truckers.

A group of tow truckers came up with an innovative idea of towing the car with the driver seated inside – at the same price they charge for the more routine breakdown or accident towing.

Tow trucker Chan Kok Hoe, 43, said he came up with the idea after frequently seeing news of accidents caused by drink-driving.

“We offer a solution for those who don’t want to hail a ride home and leave their cars behind.

“Some people might get worried about leaving their cars behind if they took a ride home, so we’ll take them and their cars home together, ” he said.

Chan said the service, which is priced at RM100 to RM120, costs exactly like service rendered during breakdowns in Penang.

“It is a safer option than trying to drive when drunk. Rather than risk being jailed for up to 15 years and fined up to RM100,000, this is more reasonable, ” Chan said, urging other licensed tow truck companies to consider offering the same service.

“There are people who personally offer chauffeur service to drive you home in your car if you get drunk.

“Licensed tow truckers have insurance that protects your car when you engage us, so this is a safer option, ” Chan added.

On July 15, Transport Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong proposed amendments to the Road Transport Act 1987 (Act 333) that will both lower the threshold for a person to be considered driving under the influence when it comes to alcohol while at the same time increasing penalties for those caught doing so.

Under the proposed amendments, those convicted of causing death due to dangerous or reckless driving will face at least five years of jail time, up from the current two years, as well as a fine of not less than RM20,000.

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