Motorists using emergency lanes to be charged in court


KUALA LUMPUR: Motorists who flout traffic rules by using emergency lanes will not be compounded for the offence but charged in court, says Road Transport Department (RTD) Director-General Nadzri Siron.

He said 429 complaints were received on the offence between May 22 and June 24.

He said motorists who committed the offence could be fined RM2,000 or jailed six months, or both.

“We are taking a serious view and will not compromise with drivers who commit this offence,” Nadzri told a media conference in conjunction with the 2016 Ops Hari Raya Aidilfitri (HRA) here last night.

He said this when asked to comment on a proposal that six traffic offences be taken straight away to court.

He said the other five traffic offences were still under study.

The five offences comprise beating traffic lights; overtaking on double lines; queue cutting; using cellphones while driving; and, overtaking and preventing others from overtaking.

“We are studying first whether offenders who flout the five offences will straight away be taken to court or otherwise. We will discuss with the courts and also the Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research,” he said.

Yesterday, RTD Enforcement Division Director V Valluvan Veloo said the department planned to prosecute drivers committing six traffic offences throughout the Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebrations.

Meanwhile, Nadzri said heavy vehicles would not be allowed to use main roads two days before and after Hari Raya.