KOTA KINABALU July 22, 2012: Senator Datuk Chin Su Phin has urged the Government to look into the fees charged by driving schools as some are exorbitantly high.
“We are the government, we have the power, and we must insist on this matter and ensure that the rakyat are not further burdened by the expensive driving licence fees charged by some of the schools,” he said.
On another matter, Chin said increasing the fine for traffic offences will not be in the best interest of the people in Malaysia as it would only further burden them.
“I do not agree with the amendment to sub-section 26 (2) in which the amendment was made to raise the minimum fine to RM300 and increase the maximum fine to RM2,000 for traffic offences such as speeding,” said Chin when debating the Road Transport Bill 2012 in the Dewan Negara recently.
“The people are already burdened with financial constraints and this would make things worse. What is the relevance of this amendment now? Does the situation demand it and will this increase popular support for the existing government?” Chin asked.
The Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) deputy president also wanted to know if speeding is the main contributory factor to the increase in the number of road accidents throughout the country.
“Has a study been conducted on this? If there is a study made, I would like to get the statistics from the years 2001 to 2011,” Chin said.
He pointed out that the maximum fine had been increased several times in the past, and asked if the number of accidents had decreased significantly following the government’s move to implement heavier penalties on the offenders.
Chin was of the opinion that the move to increase the minimum and maximum fines, could also increase the corruption index of the country.
“Offenders would be more willing to pay the law enforcers between RM10 and RM100 just to settle the fine without having to go to court.
“The Government should have sought the people’s opinion on this matter before going ahead with it,” he said.