Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Stop The Suicidal 'P' Licence Drivers.

The Road Transport Department revoked about 40 "P" licences a day for various traffic offences, Director-General Datuk Emran Kadir said Tuesday.

About 99 per cent of the licence holders were youths and the most common reasons for the cancellation were beating traffic light, speeding and being involved in fatal accidents.

"The number is not large, taking into consideration the yearly issuance of between 450,000 and 500,000 'P' licences," he told reporters after opening the "RTD with the People" programme at Teluk Kemang Square here. A total of 340 participants received their "P" licence and 138 their "L" licence at the programme.

Under the Kejara system, a "P" licence will be revoked after the holder collects 10 demerit points and he will also be unable to apply for a new licence for one year.

**** The number of 'P' licences revoked does not truly reflect the number of young speed fiends, both male and female, driving recklessly on Malaysian roads. These adolescent psychopaths joined by adult drivers with an assortment of death wishes, are a bane to the careful and considerate motorist. A morning drive in any major town in Malaysia will be an eye opener for those who doubt the suicidal nature of these 'P' licence freaks.

Many of these lemmings in human form drive Peroduas and Proton Sagas and Wiras. Here I am not taking into account another bunch of nutcases, the Mat Rempits, Malaysia's very own Evel Knievel wannabes. Our young daredevil drivers are good examples of the product of our sub-standard driving schools and the corruption ridden testing methods employed. These are people who by right should have been riding bicycles in their hometowns and kampungs. As a result of the economic success of the country in the past two decades, these unworthy children of parents who probably came up the hard way, did not have to earn their car but had it presented to them by their parents.

Only when your kids work very hard and earn enough to buy their own vehicle will they appreciate and take good care of it. If it is given to them on a silver platter, you and your gift will both be taken for granted. The maximum that can happen to you is you'll be ignored, but the gift that you presented, we're talking of cars now, can be driven at breakneck speed and crashed and smashed to smithereens along with your loved ones inside. This is exactly what is happening day in and day out and the newspapers are filled with tales of misery and woe for the family of the dead and departed.

So parents if you have children who fit the bill, please advice them to take it easy on the roads. Those planning to buy them cars think twice. There is no shame in taking public transport if it can be practically done. Remember "Speed Kills."


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I couldn't agreed with you more regarding today's new generation drivers. They shouldn't be allowed to drive on public roads.

They have literaly all the traffic rules they have learned once they got their driving license.

The problem is with the government agencies who are not capable to handle this issue.

Do you think high fines will stop them from commiting the offences? No, definitely. It is the withdrawing of licenses for 5 years for the first offence and 10 years for the second offences in European countries teaches good driving behaviour. Let them know it is very difficult to get their licence back and this will stop them acting foolishly on the road which could cause serious harms to inocence road user.

- NewsObserver

1:22 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Its not the young drivers only. Even older drivers are reckless. Maybe there are more young P license drivers. I agree that parents should be careful when giving or lending their cars. Also the JPJ must be strict in dealing with the careless drivers.

1:36 PM GMT+8  
Blogger walski69 said...

My personal opinion is that it's the majority of Malaysian drivers, and not just the P-license holders, that pay little regard to driving in a civilized manner.

This includes, unfortunately, the police themselves - I can't begin to count the number of times I've seen a police patrol vehicle change lanes without signalling, for example.

I do agree, however, that the one-year revocation period is way too short.

IMHO - the ENTIRE road management system - including signage, lane demarcation standards, and of course, licensing - needs a total and comprehensive overhaul. Also included in the exercise should be rationalizing speed limits - a number of highway stretches actually have too low a speed limit, in my view - 60 km/h on some stretches of the New Pantai Expressway (NPE), for example, is really ridiculous. Same goes with speed limits which are way too high for some smaller roads.

Piecemeal revamping isn't gonna do much good in the long run.

More drastic revocation periods would be a good start, but the rest of the system needs to be looked at, as well. It is a big, big, problem, as you've quite rightly mentioned - and one that involves a number of inter-related ministries and department, not just the RTD.

2:30 PM GMT+8  
Blogger The Malaysian. said...

anonymous 1, high fines are effective up to a point. However as you say withdrawing the licence for a period of 5-10 years will be a much more powerful deterrent. But is the government willing to do it? They will come out with sob stories of how it will affect the poor driver's career and livelihood. An example is the Mara loan defaulters' case.
anonymous 2, You're right. Older drivers are also equally guilty.
Walski, thanks for dropping in. You've hit the nail on the head. The entire system needs to be revamped and 'restaffed.' We need a holistic approach to the problem rather than the piecemeal steps we are used to taking. Someone should appoint you as a consultant to the JPJ.

3:16 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The problem wil not be solve because biggest offenders and taking rasuah are jpj and police. Both police and jpj roadblocks are money making ideas.

5:47 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The bigger the fines, the bigger the stakes and it won't be just RM10.00 compound fine without receit any more.Another thing, the tailgate chasers! How often have you not had a car speeding three feet from your arsehole, like doing a tight tango!

7:47 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Through decades of Licence issuance for new drivers, it is not the same as the early years where the Driving Schools are committed to train good road users.

The "Kopi-O" licences word came about most prominently in the late 1970's and what does this word signified? Paying bribe or even buying a driving license without going through a driving school and no practical exam is required.

First of all, I wonder how they (JPJ) qualify a Driving School! With money!! That is what we expect the type of drivers we have produced in Malaysian roads. Inconsiderate drivers who thinks they own the whole roads just because they are driving a bigger vehicle. M/cyclist beating RED lights are so common and even now dare to use the Federal Highway when the Police close a blind eyes on them. Tell me something if the road rules are obeyed when authority ignore these events.

So I should say that even with high compound fines will not deter them when they can ask for discount in the station. Cheaper fines - cheaper bribe and higher fines will pay higher bribes. We will cheat ourselves if we said that Traffic Police don't accept bribes which is a common norm in our country.

I would say by using a strict laws like withdrawing license according to a very firm merit system will make these drivers to commit such a daily crime. The current merit system is sleeping and that is why the habitual law breakers don't change their driving atitudes. It is because of sympathy for these drivers which have caused much more accidents on the road.

Having driven in European roads for many years, it is a nighmare driving in Malaysian roads. The road rules are very strict and there is no fine sometimes given when your driving licence is immediately taken away if caught overtaking in an emergency lane. No explaination will able to get back your licence. You will never hope get back your licence again. This example law should be introduced in Malaysia too.

11:16 AM GMT+8  

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