Senate expected to pass Bill for stiffer drink driving penalties next week

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  • Friday, 18 Sep 2020

PETALING JAYA: The Transport Ministry hopes the Road Transport (Amendment) Bill 2020, which addresses the issue of driving under the influence, will be approved by the Senate next week.

Transport Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong (pic) on Friday (Sept 18) said he hoped to see the Bill tabled and passed in the Dewan Negara some time next Tuesday or Wednesday.

"Hopefully, by next week we should get the endorsement from the Senate.

"After that, we have a comprehensive plan with a multi-pronged approach to implement the amendments," he said in a press conference after launching the "Celebrate Responsibly" campaign organised by Sin Chew Daily together with Carlsberg Malaysia.

Also present were Sin Chew Daily's editor-in-chief Kuik Cheng Kang, Carlsberg Malaysia's managing director Stefano Clini and Carlsberg Malaysia's corporate affairs director Pearl Lai.

Dr Wee said the latest amendments to the Road Transport Act would see stiffer penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs, as well as for reckless driving.

The amendments were passed in the Dewan Rakyat on Aug 26.

The passing of the Act means stiffer punishments await those who cause death due to recklessness or driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

"We have reviewed all the penalties, including fines, imprisonment and suspension of driving licence. So that will be sufficient to serve as a deterrent to the people," he added.

He said once the amendment was done, the authorities would work on education and advocacy.

"We want to educate people on why we want to come up with these regulations and the dangers of (reckless or driving under the influence).

"We are not taking away the rights of anyone," he said.

Dr Wee said it was pivotal to educate and create awareness.

"We need the society to help us as well. For example, when you're attending a function and you see someone is unable to drive, it should be your responsibility to help them get back home safely, like arranging for e-hailing or a designated driver to send them back.

He also commended Sin Chew Daily and Carlsberg Malaysia for embarking on the "Celebrate Responsibly" campaign.

Under the campaign, from now to November, consumers can enjoy RM10 off rides from e-hailing services such as Grab and Riding Pink, and 10% off Socar Plus, Lailah and Drive Safe.

More than 5,000 free rides are available from more than 1,800 Carlsberg outlets nationwide.

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