PUTRAJAYA: The transport ministry will review fines for underage drivers under the Road Transport Act (APJ) 1987, says transport minister Loke Siew Fook.
Speaking to reporters after attending the ministry’s monthly assembly here today, he said all sections under the act should also be reviewed from various aspects.
“Regarding punishment, there is an existing law. Whatever fine is allowed under the current law, is the maximum that we can compound.
“In terms of law, we will review from time to time,” he said when commenting on the fine provided under Section 26(2) of the act, which is said to be too lenient.
The act provides for a minimum fine of RM300 and a maximum of RM2,000, or imprisonment of up to three months, or both, if convicted.
The latest case involving an underage driver took place last Sunday in Penang. A 16-year-old student was driving his mother’s car when he was involved in an accident on the Penang Bridge that caused the deaths of two people on a motorcycle.
Asked if action would be taken against the parents of the underage driver in the incident, he said the department could only take action provided under the act.
“Whatever provision that we can use, is under the current act. We cannot go beyond that. So when we carry out a review, we will look into other aspects that have to be included in the law,” he said.
Without setting a period for reviewing the act, Loke said the ministry will seek feedback from the public and NGOs to improve the act.
It was earlier reported that police had issued a summons to the mother for allowing her son to drive the car involved in the crash.