QuickCheck: Is it illegal to spit out of your car window while driving?


ASIDE from being a rather disgusting habit, it is apparently illegal to spit out of your car window while driving. Is this true?

Verdict:

TRUE

An MPV driver on the Karak Highway found out the hard way that he should not “lob loogies” out of his car window while driving after he was fined RM400 by the Selayang Magistrate’s Court.

Lim Koh Ching pleaded guilty before Magistrate Nur Hafizah Rajunir on Tuesday (June 21) to committing the offence while heading towards Bentong at 3.47pm on April 30.

The charge was made under Section 268 of the Penal Code for being a public nuisance, with the offence punishable under Section 290, which provides for a maximum fine of RM400. The 44-year-old restaurant operator paid the fine.

He also faces a charge under Section 42(1) of the Road Transport Act 1987 for driving recklessly and dangerously at the same place, time and date to which he pleaded not guilty.

If convicted, he could face jail time of up to five years along with a fine not less than RM5,000 but not more than RM15,000.

He also faces a charge for driving on the emergency lane which is an offence under Rule 53(1) of the Road Traffic Rules 1959 and punishable under Section 119(2) of the Road Transport Act 1987, which provides for a maximum fine of RM2,000 or up to six months' jail if convicted. He pleaded not guilty.

He was let out on bail for RM5,000 with one surety and his case was set for mention on Sept 5.

References:

1. https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2022/06/21/man-fined-rm400-for-spitting-out-of-window-on-karak-highway

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