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Errant drivers beware — not only will the new Kejara/AWAS system be able to suspend your driving licenses for several months at a time for reckless driving, it looks like the government is also pushing to introduce a new rehabilitation course for drivers as well.

According to The Sun Daily, deputy transport minister, Datuk Aziz Kaprawi said that the new rehab process will aim to educate drivers about the dangers of poor driving habits. Kaprawi also mentioned that this is likely to be optionally available to drivers, and that it shouldn’t be treated as punishment, but an education.

“When a license holder is suspended, the person can choose whether to undergo a rehabilitation course to reduce his suspension period,” said Kaprawi. “We want to re-educate problematic drivers on road safety elements and courteous driving as part of the effort to reduce road crashes and fatalities,” he continued.

The deputy minister believes that this education process, to be known as the Kejara Driver Improvement Programme, will be more effective at curbing the issue rather than simply increasing traffic fines — as recently suggested by Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar

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Kaprawi’s sentiments were echoed by Road Transport Department (JPJ) enforcement chief Datuk Valluvan. “We are not going to punish them. We want to initiate behavioural changes by highlighting safe driving as well as stressing on the psychological aspect and how their driving will affect them and other users on the road,” Valluvan explained.

“We also won’t be teaching them how to drive or repeat what they have learned from the driving test previously,” Valluvan stated. He concluded by saying that details for the Kejara demerit points system were in its final planning stages, with a proposal due to be submitted to the Cabinet in April.

How do you feel about an optional rehabilitation system that could potentially reduce your original suspension as per the Kejara system, dear readers? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below.