Child seats, rear seat belts, bus passenger lap belts mandatory from 2020, says JKJR director-general

Child seats, rear seat belts, bus passenger lap belts mandatory from 2020, says JKJR director-general

While rear seat belt use has been mandatory in Malaysia since 2009, enforcement has been somewhat lacking but that is about to change, says road safety department (JKJR) director-general Datuk Rosli Isa. Speaking at the launch of the Kawasaki Malaysia Road Safety Campaign 2019, Rosli told media enforcement will be stepped up in 2019, with usage being compulsory come 2020.

Also included in the mandatory use list for Malaysian motorists is child seats for children under age 12 and lap belts for bus passengers. “While the law for use of rear seat belts in cars has been in place since 2009, enforcement has been erratic,” said Rosli.

“This will change by 2020, and the government is serious about it from the standpoint of safety,” Rosli continued. “There is an accident every minute and a fatal accident every 70 minutes,” said Rosli, citing police traffic accident statistics for 2018.

Child seats, rear seat belts, bus passenger lap belts mandatory from 2020, says JKJR director-general

However, enforcement will take a soft approach for 2019. “We want people to get used to the idea that use of the safety equipment in the car, including child seats, is important,” he said.

“This does not mean everyone will get let off easy,” said Rosli, “enforcement officers are doing their job to ensure safety on Malaysian roads, and this requires co-operation from all road users.” Speaking on the issue of motorcyclists being confined to the left lane and speed limited, Rosli said the matter is still under evaluation and no firm decision has been made.

Meanwhile, during the press conference, Selangor deputy traffic police chief DSP Sahimi Husin said Ops Sepadu will be held over the Chinese New Year holidays to crackdown on traffic offences and reduce road accidents. “Ops Sepadu will begin on January 28 and continue till after the holidays on all major highways and federal roads,” said Sahimi.

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Comments

  • mr1031 on Jan 17, 2019 at 1:44 pm

    generation after generation of empty talks..

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    • YB Albert on Jan 17, 2019 at 3:02 pm

      Enforcement hAs been erratic ? Come on, enforcement is almost ABSENT,EXCEPT when some VVIP dies or are severely injured in accidents.
      These highly rank officials only care about their fat salaries and PENCEN.
      Why must wait until 2020? When 2020 comes,they will say “kami akan memantau”….whole life ,they will be “memantauing”
      PH….things are not getting any better.
      It is getting worse with a huge over- bloated civil service.

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      • Redbushy on Jan 17, 2019 at 3:42 pm

        This child seat issue since Samy Veloo and Liow Tong Lai era… oredi uturn2 sejak 1990

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      • John Minum Teh 8X on Jan 17, 2019 at 3:54 pm

        This is the same story from day 1. Until JPJ and Polis clean up their bulk of corrupted officers, this statement will be like all other statements.

        Most accidents on the road are caused by JPJ and PDRM officers letting go culprits because they have given duit kopi. These offenders go back on the road to commit the same offence (usually leads to accidents)

        This is why there are 4 million motorist without licence. These are official statistics. In a country where there are 10 million motorists, this means 1 in every 2.5 motorist is ILLEGAL. No wonder accidents are on the rise.

        20 years ago there were only 20,000 motorists with no lesen. The figure grew because everytime an offender is caught, he gives duit kopi and is back on the streets again. Slowly, over 20 years, the figure grew gew grew to 4 million.

        So JKJR boss can say all he wants, until enforcement is upkept and no more duit kopi and dedak is around, it will still be the SAME OLD STORY

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  • Not Toyota Fan on Jan 17, 2019 at 2:36 pm

    Dah banyak kali dengar nak implimentasi ini itu, enforcement ini itu tapi bila tiba masa, kena tangguhkan sebab komplen dari public atau komplen dari syarikat ² besar.

    Boring lah dengar cerita yang sama. Macam sinetron TV3, same plot, same anak Dato’ jatuh cinta budak kampung, rumah Dato’ banglo besar, kereta mewah berpuluh biji ….

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  • isengard12 on Jan 17, 2019 at 2:40 pm

    Soft approach? He himself mentioned rear seat belt law is implemented in 2009. 10 freakin’ years and we are beginning to use soft approach?

    Come on la. Does the road/car test include this law? If there is, what soft approach? Even drivers & side passengers doesn’t want to belt-up. Just saman lah.

    If the current government can come hard on old BN ministers, why can’t they do the same on common rakyat?

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  • aby wolf on Jan 17, 2019 at 2:55 pm

    What happened to mandatory all new car must have ESC BY june 2018

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  • Sam 'Ohwai' Loo on Jan 17, 2019 at 10:35 pm

    In Malaysia, drivers and passengers never want to use seatbelt one, instead using fake belt clip inserted to the seatbelt buckle to cheat/bypass warning sound. That’s why Malaysian are bastardized species that UNFIT to drive, instead need to be dragged to Kamunting or Simpang Renggam detention centre.

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  • Citizzen on Jan 06, 2020 at 11:36 pm

    Excuse me ministers…
    Do you guys and your enforcers themselves walk the talk? Any of their family members follow the law or above the law?
    Are you guys setting good example for the public, is there any prove?
    I see you guys don’t use basic signal lights most of the time, is this above the law and double standard? Please answer to God when you meet Him but I don’t think you guys will have such chance at all.

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