The Road Transport Department (JPJ) is campaigning get the the 1.2 million Malaysians without driving licences to apply for them, according to a Bernama report. The department wants to know the reasons why people forego driving licenses despite being eligible for them, said JPJ director-general Datuk Nadzri Siron.

“The JPJ wants to know whether they do not want to drive, do not have a vehicle or (are) dependent on public transport. We have to trace them to avoid problems, especially if they drive without a driving licence,” he said. Last month, it was reported that 80% of students who use motorcycles to go to school do not have a valid licence.

This effort is part of the Road Safety Plan 2014-2020 which set a target to reduce up to 50% of fatal accidents in this country, according to Nadzri. “Of the total number of cases, some 62% involved motorcycles. There are 18.8 million registered vehicles that are still active and they involve 14 million drivers,” he said.