Dashcams should be compulsory – USIM lecturer

Dashcams should be compulsory – USIM lecturer

Dashcam footage is increasingly present on our social media feeds, and motoring misadventures especially attract interest. When the law is inevitably involved in those instances, the presence of a functioning in-car video recorder is invaluable in protecting the interests of the innocent party, especially when parties of ill-intent are encountered.

The function of dashcams as a device for gathering evidence is therefore crucial, and for that reason, the devices should be made compulsory, Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM) lecturer Muzaffar Syah Mallow wrote in a letter to The Sun.

In his letter, Muzaffar cites Section 3 of the Malaysian Evidence Act 1950 (Act 56), which says “all statements which the court permits or requires to be made before it by witnesses in relation to matters of fact under inquiry,” known as oral evidence, and “all documents produced for the inspection of the court,” known as documentary evidence.

Muzaffar also said that “it is crucial to note the word ‘includes’ in this particular section of the Act in the definition of evidence, meaning that any item can be brought as evidence in support of or to substantiate one’s case in a court of law.

Dashcams should be compulsory – USIM lecturer

Additionally, dashcam footage can be submitted as a standalone piece of evidence of evidence in a court of law, either in a civil or criminal case when the need arises, Muzaffar continued.

While dashcams can be used as a tool to deal with accidents as well as other traffic or criminal matters that may arise, the devices can also serve as a way for drivers to review their driving habits and make adjustments where necessary, said Muzaffar.

Going back to 2019, the Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (MIROS) has already lauded the increasing adoption of dashcams as a positive development, and dashcams can serve as an additional source of information when identifying the cause of accidents, the MIROS director-general said at the time.

What do you think, dear readers? Should the use of dashcams be required by law? What have your user experiences been with the onboard recorders so far? Let us know in the comments section. Additionally, here’s a list of endurance-focused MicroSD cards for the rigours of dashcam usage.

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Open roads and closed circuits hold great allure for Mick Chan. Driving heaven to him is exercising a playful chassis on twisty paths; prizes ergonomics and involvement over gadgetry. Spent three years at a motoring newspaper and short stint with a magazine prior to joining this website.



  • Mr. Sotong on May 17, 2022 at 5:14 pm

    Compulsary but who’s paying?

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    • YB Albert Zelensky on May 17, 2022 at 6:09 pm

      Gomen should force the greedy car distributors to include as standard accessories without extra charge.

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      • Angry Voters on May 18, 2022 at 8:44 am

        Yeah sure. They can do that and the distros will just pass on the cost to the buyers, so later you idiots will come here complain about price increase and blaming the Gohmen for it, am right? You think we’re stupid?

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      • Lolwhut? on May 18, 2022 at 2:28 pm

        LOL so who’s going to pay for it? You?

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    • Mr. hardworking on May 17, 2022 at 6:35 pm

      in Msia- gomen staff & minister always champion in CADANGAN. They CADANG US & ASEAN do this & bla bla bla..

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  • bieight8 on May 17, 2022 at 6:21 pm

    What a joke…

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  • Mr. hardworking on May 17, 2022 at 6:34 pm

    Encourage to use but not compulsary.. Gomen lacturer get easy money..look his babyface we know how short sight he is.
    think private worker about B40.. later if camera malfunction/ damage JPJ/PDRM will saman..
    If compulsary – then impose them for new cars, Gomen staff & T20 only.

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  • should make it compulsory like some overseas country. no dashcam footage, cannot claim insurance if involved in accident

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    • Theanswer on Dec 11, 2022 at 5:17 pm

      Tak boleh. Malaysian always no money. Ask to use child seat; complaint no money..small car.. Gomen, agency talk c**k only. But trust me, mostly i saw 1 or 2 kids in crv or big car standing in front of dashboard while moving .

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