Mohd Sidek was chairing the special meeting on road traffic offenses 2 months ago where he said that the Ministry of Information Communication and Culture or KPKK and the relevant bodies would be given more prominent roles to boost the road safety campaign as well as to call on those who have yet to settle their outstanding amount to do so as soon as possible. The KPKK has since set up the Integrated Communications Committee for the Road Safety Campaign who will be overlooking the matter.
The committee, in their meeting held recently had outlined the objective which is to ‘create an awareness and develop the positive attitude among all motorists to be responsible as well as to be aware of the importance of adhering to road traffic rules.” On top of that, they will also go out to educate motorists that they must settle their summons within the given time frame.
KPKK and its agencies have all been informed and mobilized to take part of the campaign which is set to run until this year end. Those which are involved include the RTD (Road Transport Department), PDRM (Polis Diraja Malaysia), JKJR (Road Safety Department), MIROS (Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research) and the Education Department.
The RTD is calling for an amendment to be made to the current Road Transport Act 1987 where an RM300 compound is the maximum penalty for traffic offenders. They are calling for the same amount to be applied to traffic offenders who do not pay their summonses by the time frame provided. The Director-General of JPJ, Datuk Solah Mat Hassan said that this is not to increase the amount of fines collected but is done so that offenders are aware of their offence and to pay up on time as well as to deter future offenders. The campaign is set to focus on areas like road safety being the responsibility of all, road users to adhere to road safety and rules, how road safety could deter accidents, fines and punishment and to call on everyone to support the campaign which is good for all.