There are some updates on the compulsory rear safety belt issue that came up sometime earlier this month. Rear seat passengers will have to buckle up from June 2008 onwards, but it will begin with a three-month adjustment period with only warnings issued by the police instead of summons. Summons will start being issued for offenders of this new ruling in August onwards (3 months later).

This ruling only applies to cars manufactured from January 1995 onwards. Older cars such as my 1992 Ford Telstar will not be affected by this rule. A problem would be my Proton Perdana, which I bought second hand with the rear seatbelts intact but the buckles are somehow missing. I will have to get them fitted again somehow.

The Perodua Kenari and Perodua Kancil models made between 1998 and 2004 are also exempted from the ruling. These cars not only do not have rear seat belts, they do not have anchorage points for rear seat belts to be retrofitted.

According to Road Safety Department director-general Datuk Suret Singh, Perodua models between 1995 to 1998 and 2004 to 2005 did have anchorage points, but no seat belts. Datuk Suret says the department has proposed to Perodua for these cars to have their rear seatbelts fitted for free, but it is up to the Perodua management for a positive response to the proposal. Owners of these cars will have until 2011 (3 years) to have them retrofitted.

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