KUALA LUMPUR – Besides imposing a harsher punishment for those driving under the influence of alcohol or drug, the government also provided the same treatment of basikal lajak joyriders under micromobility vehicle users.
According to Transport Minister Datuk Seri Wee Ka Siong, The Road Transport (Amendment) 2020 Act will include the increment of fine to offences on basikal lajak from the previous amount of not less than RM300 to not less than RM1,000 and not exceeding RM5,000. They can also be imprisoned for not more than 12 months.
“If we allow vehicles without brake on the road, imagine, accidents can happen anytime.
“That is why we want to make the amendments. People were not afraid of the RM300 fine previously. Now, we tightened it to a heavier punishment,” he said during a news conference at the Parliament today.
Ka Siong said, punishment will also be imposed on parents whose children are found to be involved with cycling using dangerously modified bicycles.
Last October, Sam Ke Ting, 24, was acquitted and discharged for reckless driving causing the death of eight teenagers involved in basikal lajak joyride at 3.00am in 2017.
Magistrate Siti Hajar Ali acquitted Sam Ke Ting, 24, without calling for her defence, after finding the prosecution having failed to establish a prima facie at the end of the prosecution’s case.
The Perikatan Nasional government motioned for the amendment of the Road Transport (Amendment) 2020 Act today to increase the punishment for those driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs to the extent of causing death. The punishment for the offence has been increased to between an imprisonment of 10 to 15 years and a fine of between RM50,000 to RM100,000 for the first offence.
For the second and subsequent offence, the jail sentence will be between 15 to 20 years and a fine of between RM100,000 and RM150,000. –MalaysiaGazette