It looks like rear safety belts will become compulsory from Q3 2008 onwards, if the Road Safety Department’s plans go through successfully. Old cars produced before 1995 are expected to be exempted from the rule for a period of 3 years so that there is ample time for rear seat belts to be retrofitted. According to the RSD, the technicalities of retrofitting rear seatbelts are currently being discussed with car manufacturers.
The ruling will begin with a 3 month grace period where a warning will be issued instead of a summon, after of which real enforcement will begin. RSD director general Datuk Suret Singh says that the RSD estimates risk of heavy injuries of death can be reduced by 50% with this new rule, or about 350 lives a year based on 2007 statistics.