liow tiong lai

The JPJ, PDRM and SPAD will work together in forming an integrated system summons and enforcement information, said transport minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai in a Bernama report. The existing setup sees the three entities working separately, with limitations of not having a common database.

“Currently the three agencies are working separately. As such when there are outstanding traffic summonses from the police, the JPJ is not aware and the department cannot help the police to blacklist the drivers’ licenses. If the police do issue a summons, it has to be submitted to the JPJ for us to blacklist the driver’s license,” he said.

Meanwhile, Liow also said it was not necessary to increase the frequency of mandatory periodic inspections on public transport vehicles, after MIROS said it was considering whether Puspakom should implement such a change. The consideration came about following the North-South Expressway incident near Ipoh which involved a bus ramming into 10 cars, which was found to be caused by brake failure on the bus. He said the twice yearly inspections were sufficient to ensure safety and quality service.

Earlier, the Enforcement Agencies Integrity Commission (EAIC) also recommended that enforcement agencies conduct more frequent checks on the identities and backgrounds of heavy vehicles such as buses, in order to find drivers with past traffic summonses. Chairman of the commission, Datuk Yaacob Md Sam told Bernama that this will enable the PDRM, JPJ and SPAD to act against drivers and operators involved.