PETALING JAYA: Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong says he is willing to meet with a man claiming to be a lorry driver who alleged that many Malaysians had their licences blacklisted while foreigners were given licences to drive lorries.
The Transport Minister said that he had scrutinised everything that the man had said in the video clip.
“I am ready to listen to his grievances and promise to take appropriate action, ” he said in a Facebook post along with the video of the man.
The man had appealed to the Road Transport Department to reinstate their licences as that was the only thing they knew how to do.
“We only know how to drive lorries. We don’t know anything else. Please help us, ” he said.
Dr Wee also said that he would ask the director-general of JPJ and the director-general of the Land Public Transport Agency (Apad) to investigate the man’s claims and to check their existing policies.
“Let me meet the driver myself and make policy changes if needed to, ” said Dr Wee.
Dr Wee said the driver or anyone who knew him could contact his office at 03-88921013 so that a meeting could be arranged as soon as possible.
In a separate post, Dr Wee said that it had always been JPJ’s strategy to use advocacy and public education to inculcate road users on safe and community-friendly practices without resorting to issuing summonses straightaway.
“This has always been true even in regard to enforcement on the wrongful modifications of motorcycle exhausts, an issue which had been made viral of late, ” he said.
He added that the government understood that many motorists including motorcyclists depend on their vehicles for their livelihoods and are hard-pressed to be faced with punitive fines.
He, however, said that many road and transport policies are made to protect the safety and health of motorists and pedestrians and that JPJ must continue to play its role in public advocacy and advice, without immediately resorting to summonses.
He said that the allegation by Bagan MP Lim Guan Eng that the Ministry had made a U-turn was false and misleading.
Dr Wee said that with regard to actions against illegal modification of motorcycle exhausts, the advocacy-first approach was two-pronged.
This included an interview notice under Section 114(1) of the Road Transport Act 1987 (Act 333) to provide guidance and advice for motorcyclists who had illegally modified their vehicles, as well as a vehicle inspection notice under Section 61(1) issued simultaneously with a notice to prevent use of a vehicle (PG1) under Section 59(1) of Act 333.
“Via this advocacy approach, these notices allow vehicle owners ample chance to repair or convert their exhausts to the permitted types within 10 days.
“They must provide JPJ with the proof of the conversion to the permitted types of motorcycle exhaust and they must turn up for the appointments as informed through the Notices, which are not summonses, ’ he said.
Dr Wee, however, said that JPJ found that many who are given these notices have ignored them and failed to turn up for their appointments.
Any illegal modification of motor vehicle exhausts may be subject to a compound of not more than RM300 but if this is ignored, one can be liable to be convicted in court, and be fined not more than RM2,000, or jailed not more than six months under Section 119 of Act 333.
“However, I wish to urge the public to heed the advice and guidance given by the JPJ not to use illegal modifications on their motorcycles in order to keep within environmental and noise regulations, ” said Dr Wee.