Withholding licences may not be wise


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  • Thursday, 13 Oct 2005

ALTHOUGH withholding licences of traffic offenders for 14 days could help change Malaysian drivers' attitude, many factors have to be taken into consideration if it were to be implemented,“14-day loss of licences for errant drivers,” (The Star, Sept 22).  

First of all, withholding their licences would make life miserable for these drivers. Imagine the adjustments they would have to make like how to go to work, send and fetch their children, go shopping and settle bills.  

Another point to ponder is that when an accident happens, whose licence should be withheld without knowing the exact cause of the accident? 

For a start, we can look into our current system for improvements:  

  • The police can double or triple the current summonses. Or better still, carry out on-the-spot compounds without any compromise;  

  • The Government can also make it compulsory for traffic offenders to attend seminars or classes on road safety; 

  • Driving schools can include in their syllabus manoeuvring skills to avoid accidents;  

  • Use MyKad to track and charge offenders; and  

  • For reckless driving causing death, why not just terminate the offender's licence.  

     

    PARIMALA RAMACHANDARAN, 

    Petaling Jaya. 

    (via e-mail)  

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