liow tiong lai

In a bid to reduce the number of road accidents and fatalities, transport minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said that traffic laws in Malaysia will soon be reviewed and improved. According to The Star, the minister said that the government’s efforts to educate the public on road safety hasn’t succeeded reducing accidents and reckless driving, and that it will need to look at other means to improve the situation.

“Now, we want to review the laws to see how we can improve our enforcement to effectively reduce road accidents and fatalities,” he said. In a separate report by The Sun, the minister who was attending the Road Transport Department’s (JPJ) 70th anniversary celebrations added that a special task force will be set up within the JPJ to “fine tune” some of the nation’s existing road laws.

Liow doesn’t believe that the JPJ’s lack of enforcement action is to be blamed. “It’s just that the action doesn’t seem to yield any positive outcome and this is why we need to study and fine tune its details,” he said.

On the upcoming demerit points system, the transport minister explained that the previous demerit system failed because drivers who paid their compounds were not given any point deductions from their annual 15 points. Even repeat offenders could escape without punishment so long as the fines were paid.

As previously reported, however, the deployment of the new Awareness Automated Safety System (AWAS) is likely to be delayed further. Originally planned to be introduced in May this year, it is said that the system may only become active in August – after the Hari Raya festive season – once further deliberations on the matter are concluded in the Dewan Rakyat.