Transport Minister Datuk Ong Tee Keat says owners of locally-made cars without rear seatbelts will soon be able to get them installed for free, if a deal with local car manufacturers goes through. A Memorandum of Understanding between the parties involved is expected to be signed in the next few days.

“I wanted original manufacturers involved because fitting anchorage points for seat belts must be done properly. It is part of their corporate social responsibility programme. I would like to advise passengers in cars already fitted with seat belts to buckle up when travelling and for car owners without rear seat belts to install them promptly and not wait until the last minute,” said Datuk Ong.

Remember, the rear seat belt rule starts from this month (June 2008) onwards, so start buckling up! Read the previous posts on this issue to find out more about the new rear seat belt rule. There are some exemptions for certain Perodua models that have supposedly no anchorage points for rear seat belts.

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