Compound fines for traffic offences will be increased more than threefold from RM300 to RM1,000 under the Road Transport (Amendment) Bill.
Under the Road Transport Act, an officer authorised to issue compound notices such as policemen, Road Transport Department officers, council officers and others authorised to do so, would issue compound fines up to RM1,000.
The section is amended to increase the compound fine. This was stated in the amendment Bill tabled for first reading.
Deputy Transport Minister Datuk Abdul Rahim Bakri tabled the Bill for first reading and the debate is scheduled for this week.
Also in the Bill is a new section to penalise anyone who manufactures, sells or distributes a registered number plate with a RM50,000 fine or three-year jail term or both.
The Bill also seeks to introduce new rules for the entry of foreign motor vehicles. The minimum age to apply for a driving licence for cars and motorcycle has also been raised from 16 to 17.
Those who drive below the permitted age will face a maximum fine of RM5,000, an increase from the original penalty of RM2,000.
Apart from this, road transport officers will also be given powers to conduct urine tests and detain those caught driving under the influence of drugs.http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=...&sec=parliament