Consider yourselves warned – those who rack up 100 Kejara demerit points under the new Automated Awareness Safety System (AWAS) will have their driving licences revoked, according to The Sun. The same will be true for those who reach 80 points and have had their licences suspended three times in five years.
Initially, only two offences – speeding and running the red light – will result in demerit points being added when the system comes into force on April 15, with running the red light doling four points for private drivers and six for commercial vehicle drivers.
Meanwhile, exceeding the speed limit between one and 40 km/h will result in between two and four demerit points for private drivers and between four and six points for commercial vehicle drivers. Road Transport Department (JPJ) director-general Datuk Seri Nadzri Siron said that another 21 offences will be added to the Kejara system in phases before the end of the year.
Nadzri also said that motorists will be issued a warning when they get the first 20 points, and will face a licence suspension of between six and 12 months if they get 60 points. They will also have their licence revoked if they reach 80 points within five years, or 100 points at any time, he said. Probationary drivers will also lose their licence once they receive their first 20 points.
Motorists who lose their licence will be banned from driving after handing over their licence to JPJ, or 21 days after a notice of revocation has been issued. Those caught driving without a valid licence could be jailed for up to three years and be fined between RM3,000 and RM10,000.
Offenders will only be able to reapply for a new licence a year after their previous licence is revoked, and will have to undergo both written and practical driving tests. However, Nadzri added that drivers who hold less than 20 points will get 50% of their points docked off if they attend a JPJ “rehabilitation” course on road traffic safety, or stay clear of traffic summonses for over a year.
Nadzri said that AWAS is aimed at instilling awareness and adherence to road traffic safety, adding that similar systems in countries like the United Kingdom, Australia, Germany, Canada and Singapore have been shown to reduce road accidents and fatalities.
The Sun reported that Malaysia’s road accident fatalities were among the highest in the world with around 7,000 people being killed each year – about 60% of which being motorcyclists and pillion riders.