New Independent Police Conduct Commission Bill tabled

KUALA LUMPUR: The government today tabled the Independent Police Conduct Commission (IPCC) Bill in place of the Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC) Bill drawn up by the previous government.

The IPCMC was mooted in 2005 and tabled for first reading in July last year. Its second reading was delayed to allow a parliamentary select committee to gather more feedback.

The Dewan Rakyat will also debate today on the Road Transport (Amendment) Bill 2020, which is aimed at addressing reckless driving and driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Transport Minister Wee Ka Siong told the Dewan Rakyat that the bill would have measures to improve road safety standards. He urged all MPs to cooperate to ensure the passing of the bill.

The bill proposes, among others, mandatory imprisonment and a lower permissible blood alcohol limit.

The amendments also include punishments for basikal lajak (modified bicycles) offenders.

Under Section 41 of the bill, drivers convicted of causing death due to their recklessness will face stiffer fines and longer jail terms.

The minimum fine for first-time offenders will be raised from RM5,000 to RM20,000, with the maximum fine raised from RM20,000 to RM50,000.

First-time offenders will face a minimum of five years in jail, compared with two years currently. The maximum jail term remains at 10 years.

For subsequent convictions, offenders will be fined between RM20,000 and RM100,000, compared with the current fine of RM5,000 to RM50,000.

Prison time for subsequent offenders will also be increased to between 10 and 15 years.

First-time offenders will not be allowed to hold a driving licence for a maximum of five years. For subsequent offences, the penalty will be doubled to 10 years.

For those causing death while driving under the influence, the punishment will be imprisonment of between 10 and 15 years, and a fine of between RM50,000 and RM100,000.

For subsequent convictions, prison time will be raised to between 15 and 20 years, with fines of between RM100,000 and RM150,000.

The new prescribed limit will be reduced to 22 microgrammes of alcohol in 100ml of breath (previously 35 microgrammes).

Wee said another area which the existing law did not cover was micromobility vehicles.

The term “micromobility” refers to any vehicle that is propelled by electrical means, an internal combustion engine or human power, or a combination of electrical means and an internal combustion engine or human power, with a maximum speed of 50km/h.

For basikal lajak offences, the fine will be increased to RM1,000 with a mandatory jail sentence.