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The government has confirmed that the Kejara Demerit Points System will be implemented as soon as possible. According to The Star, transport minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai confirmed the move which is expected to encourage Malaysians to strictly adhere to traffic laws and regulations.

“We will implement Kejara because it makes motorist obey the rules and traffic procedures, indirectly creating more awareness on road safety and build better road culture,” said the transport minister.

For those who do not know, Kejara is a demerit points system whereby drivers who commit specific traffic offences are given demerit points under the Motor Vehicles (Demerit Points) Rules 1997. Each driver starts off with a clean slate, and then accumulate demerit points based on traffic offences.

According to the Road Transport Department’s (JPJ) website, driving over the speed limit by one to 25 km/h gets you six demerit points, for example. More serious offences, such as driving under the influence of alcohol gets you 15 points. Adversely, seven points can be deducted from your tally by maintaining a clean sheet for 24 consecutive months.

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Young and new drivers also need to take note that accumulating 10 demerit points could mean the revocation of your CDL or P license without being able to drive again for up to a year. Refer to the list above for more details.

The implementation of the system is also fully supported by the JPJ. “It is definitely a good suggestion. We will prepare an in-depth study of the system but its implementation is subject to Cabinet approval,” said Datuk Seri Ismail Ahmad, JPJ’s director-general.

Bukit Aman equally shares the sentiment. Internal Security and Public Order Department director Comm Datuk Muhammad Fuad Abu Zarim said that the timing couldn’t be better in order to curb the growing rate of fatal accidents on the road.

“We have to look at the results and statistics of this year’s Ops Selamat, which ends this Sunday, and see which areas need to be improved. Our priority has always been to save lives, as many as possible. We want to prevent fatal accidents as much as possible,” said the officer.