PETALING JAYA: The Road Transport (Amendment) Bill 2020 has been passed in the Dewan Negara, says Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong.
The Transport Minister said that with the passing of the Bill on Tuesday (Sept 22), Malaysia is a step closer to being better able to tackle reckless driving and driving under the influence.
To drive home the importance of the amendments, he cited a recent case where a Form Five student was killed by a drunk driver.
"Yet another case that happened early this morning, we are indeed outraged! This is why the Transport Ministry has made amendments to the Road Transport Act 1987 and today, the Dewan Negara has passed the amendments after the third reading," he said in a Facebook post on Tuesday (Sept 22).
Dr Wee added that the Bill had been passed in the Dewan Rakyat on Aug 26.
"This is something that brings satisfaction to me and those working at the Transport Ministry.
"We are getting closer to making our collective wish to strengthen the Road Transport Act 1987 a reality, specifically in the areas of driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs and also reckless driving," he said.
Under the amendments to the Bill, those charged with causing death due to dangerous or reckless driving can face up to 10 years in jail and be fined up to RM50,000 if convicted.
The Bill proposed that those charged under Section 41 for dangerous or reckless driving causing death could face between five and 10 years in jail as well as a fine of not less than RM20,000 and not more than RM50,000.
In the case of a second or subsequent conviction, a person can face imprisonment of between 10 years and 15 years, and not more than RM100,000 fine, should the Bill be passed.
They will also have their licence disqualified for five years if convicted.
Before this, Section 41 of the Act states that those guilty of the offence face between two and 10 years in prison and a fine between RM5,000 and RM20,000.
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