Baguslah, nampaknya JPJ telah prihatin. Dahulu, JPJ enggan memperbaharui cukai jalan walaupun ada perintah mahkamah yang melarang JPJ berbuat demikian (rujuk kes mahkamah di sini). Arahan menolak pembaharuan cukai jalan ini datangnya Menteri Pengangkutan, kata JPJ.
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First, no more hidden speed trap ambushes from the cops, and now this – according to reports, the JPJ has announced that drivers or owners who have been blacklisted based on summons received through the post are now free to renew their road tax and driving licences.
The announcement of the lifting of the ‘saman ekor’ blacklist was made by JPJ deputy director-general Datuk Ismail Ahmad, and follows on the earlier announcement made by Deputy Transport Minister Jelaing Mersat a few days ago on the matter.
The reports quoted the minister as saying that drivers or vehicle owners who have commited traffic offences but with cases that have not been taken to court will no longer be prevented from renewing their driving and vehicle licences. The blacklist, however, is still in effect for cases that are pending in court or under investigation.
Last year, a total of 119,330 driving licences and 154,663 motor vehicle licences were blacklisted in Malaysia, while in 2009, the number was 122,794 for driving licences and 180,624 for vehicle licences, the reports add. So, sounds like good cheer, and does it have anything to do with it being an important year, one wonders. Any thoughts on the matter?
ORIGINAL ENTRY 25/04/2011
Taken from Paul Tan's Automotive News (click HERE):-
The days of speed trap ambushes to catch unsuspecting motorists are over, according to Deputy Inspector-General of Police Datuk Khalid Abu Bakar.
Yes, guile – and there certainly has been enough of that, from locating the guns in the most unimaginable places (sitting in drains just off the highways, among them) to the use of camouflage in the past – is being replaced by transparency. Simply put, motorists will be warned about impending speed traps ahead.
“We should not be hiding behind bushes. We should come out in the open and enforce the law,” Khalid said. The directive to stop the ambushes has been issued, he added, saying that signs would be set up before the speed trap or roadblocks to warn the motorists beforehand.
Of course, the big question is how it will affect generated revenue – since September 2009, the police has issued summons to more than 2.5 million motorists, primarily from speed traps and speed cameras, and from 2000 to 2008, outstanding summons added up to RM2 billion, certainly not an insignificant amount. Still, the move towards a wider scale implementation of automated speed camera systems should continue the effects of enforcement, just in a different, indirect manner.
It’s a step forward in the right direction, this direct method of enforcement sans subterfuge. Undoubtedly, public education on the perils of speeding and working towards observing the designated speed limits will still take a long while to accomplish, but the removal of the cat-and-mouse game is certainly a welcome move. What do you think this move will accomplish, if any?