Cuepacs: Exempt emergency services drivers from Kejara

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PUTRAJAYA: Drivers of police vehicles, ambulances, fire engines as well as official cars of ministers should be exempted from the Motor Vehicles Demerit Points System (Kejara), says Ceupacs.

Kejara will soon be implemented simultaneously with the Automated Enforcement System (AES).

Concerned over the impact these would have on such drivers, president of the Congress of Unions of Employees in the Civil Service, Azih Muda, said the implementation of Kejara and the AES would affect more than 50,000 government motorists, who at times needed to drive over the speed limit in the interest of government affairs.

He said those who drove police vehicles, ambulances, fire engines and chauffeured ministers, for instance, were subject to assignments which involved operations in pursuing criminals, sending patients to hospitals, or having to rush from one location to another within a short period of time.

“When the AES cameras detects a vehicle has been driven over the (speed) limit, the driver will automatically be fined, and be subject to Kejara demerit points.

“This may ultimately lead to the driver’s licence being suspended if they reach the 20 points set.”

Azih said this at a press conference after a Cuepacs delegation held an hour-long, closed-door meeting with Road Transport Department Director-General Nadzri Siron at the RTD headquarters here today.

Azih noted that such a situation would not only be detrimental to the driver but would also affect the assignment-scheduling of ministries, departments or agencies because those involved might not be able to perform other tasks as their primary duty was to drive.

The RTD director-general said he would take note of Ceupac’s proposal.

In January, Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai said the AES and Kejara would be implemented simultaneously to reduce the number of road accidents in the country.