KUALA LUMPUR: The Ministry of Transport intends to propose the installation of “speed limiter devices” in public transportation to be made compulsory in the future.
Deputy Minister of Transport Ab Aziz Kaprawi said the installation of the device had been made compulsory on commercial vehicles after considering the current frequency of road accidents involving public transportation such as buses.
He said this during a question-and-answer session held at the Dewan Negara here today.
Through the Road Transport Department (JPJ), the ministry has enforced the use of the speed limiter device in commercial vehicles from Jan 1, 2015 for new model vehicles and in-production vehicles – it will be fully implemented from Jan 1, 2017.
In response to questions from Senator Dr Johari Mat on the Demerit Points System (Kejara), Ab Aziz said drivers of commercial vehicles and public transportation who are involved in any serious traffic offence will be given demerit points until twice the demerit offences committed by private vehicle drivers.
He said JPJ has developed a profiling system for vocational driving licence (VDL) holders, which involve public service vehicle (PSV) drivers and goods driver’s license (GDL) holders, containing the record of traffic offences and blacklisting under the police traffic system.
“The application, in its printed form, contains information such as the demographics of the driver, the driver’s licence, suspension of licence, blacklisting and a record of summonses,” he said.
Thus, it is evident that the profiling system can address issues faced by bus and lorry drivers, while lessening the accident rate involving both these vehicles.