Monday, November 03, 2008

New Seatbelt Law in Malaysia

JPJ (Road Transport Department) has done extensive testing on a newly designed seatbelt. Results show that accidents can be reduced by as much as 45% when the belt is properly installed.

This is also in view of the reminder call to all motorists to get use to the idea of getting their rear seat passengers to buckle up as well. Malaysian police will be stopping cars from now onwards if they noticed that your rear seat passengers did not buckle up. By 1 January 2009, they will be issuing summonses when the new ruling is enforced.

If you don't practise it now, you will surely forget by 1 January 2009 and thus giving a chance to bribery again ............... in this case, who caused bribery in the first instance then? The motorists of course.

It's for your own (and others) safety! I do ensure it even if it's for a short distance.

And if you were caught with four rear seat passengers, what will be your recourse?

Anyway, correct installation for the seatbelt is illustrated below .......


Reading: No sure decision yet on whether extra passenger needs to belt up or pay up - Star
Tags: Malaysia, Seatbelt, Motorist, JPJ, Road Transport Department

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17 Comments:

Blogger Ted said...

This is going to be a bit hard to get used to...its good nevertheless

03 November, 2008 12:49  
Anonymous Dora said...

Buckle the seat belt at the rear seat should be enforced much earlier for safety purpose!

03 November, 2008 14:00  
Anonymous cazzycazz said...

Oh you bad, it is definitely not to correct way!!!

03 November, 2008 15:09  
Anonymous carrot said...

a friend of mine passed away, she was sitting at the back without seatbelt. chances are she will still be alive if she had.
anyway, it is a good move by the gov..

03 November, 2008 16:49  
Anonymous love-ely said...

In Indonesia we also implementing that rules. Including all motorcyclist must use helmets.
Like you said, how if we taking four rear seat passengers in our car.

03 November, 2008 19:11  
Blogger WanWan said...

its good but not many ppl will practising it.. unless the authority really enforce it...

03 November, 2008 19:33  
Blogger sky said...

dont forget, baby car seat. Even i, a mother of two, sometimes just take it for granted and hold my baby on my lap w/o strapping her on her seat!!
well, yeah, imagine, a Wira with four children. All gonna be at the back seat and i believe there are only 3 seatbelts. How's that?...hmmm..

03 November, 2008 22:37  
Blogger foongpc said...

So does that mean a car now can only have maximum 5 passengers?
Haha! Very funny picture!! : )

03 November, 2008 23:16  
Blogger Simon Ho said...

the bright side of this rule is that you have an excuse to decline your big group of friends who takes advantage on you and hitches a ride whenever they can.

04 November, 2008 13:41  
Blogger SlowCatchUpKuan said...

LOL! but what about those who have large family for example maybe 5/6 in a family... ma have to get a bigger car lor... i think the gov shud give more rebate so we can get bigger family cars LOL

04 November, 2008 15:31  
Blogger -eiling- said...

Malaysians are famous for their last minute-ness. I'm not surprised if they install the rear seatbelts on the 1st Jan!

04 November, 2008 16:44  
Blogger va:L said...

:) This is good ler....
I used to put on my seat belt when I was at back seat. Peoples laughed at me~!!!!
And after some times, I forgot to practice is anymore.

04 November, 2008 21:58  
Blogger Johnny Ong said...

ted - just have to get use to it ... like habits

dora - ppl tend to be relaxed with it if there is no enforcement even tho the seat belts are there

cazzy - how u know its not correct?

carrot - awwwwwwww that's really sad to hear

ely - oh our motorcyclists are to wear helmets all the time since umpteenth years ago

wanwan - yeah, i noticed that ppl are not doing it yet. they will wait till 1 jan

sky - on the additional passenger, there is no answer to it yet

foong - in sweden, if not mistaken, a car can seat only 5 to match the number of seatbelts too

simon - waaaaaaah u must be one of those victims ...... haha

kuan - i like the idea of anor kind of rebate hehehehe. buy la those mpv

eiling - its true, u will see long queues at all workshops on the last few days prior to 1 jan

val - now see who's laughing if they kena saman

06 November, 2008 14:49  
Anonymous usws said...

Yea heard about it on the radio. Still don't practice it. Ugh, I think I'd get headaches being soo.. tied up like that. Probably die of suffocation first before anything else. :P

p.s. Some men need to use that seatbelt installation also. XD

20 November, 2008 19:24  
Blogger Johnny Ong said...

usws - applicable for ladies only hehe

21 November, 2008 23:41  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just got summonses today, at Sri Petaling. The police stopped my car, and he said because my passenger at the back no use seat belt. He gave me summonses by writing "tak mengenakan tali pengekang seluar semasa mengemudi " then i asked why no write for the back seat ? coz if write like that, seems like he's blame me for not using seatbelt when i was driving. Then i also argue, should be give me summonses on 1st january 2009, coz he said today they having checking operation. But stil, he gave me summonses.
So.. Can I complaint for this ?? And where should I complaint ??
Thanks for ur help..

27 December, 2008 15:41  
Blogger Johnny Ong said...

anon - the new law will only take effect on 1 jan 09.

in dec '08 itself, there will be nationwide police operations (w.e.f. 16 dec 08 till 31 dec 08) will issue such mock summonses but no compound is required to be paid

its a good warning to u as u didnt remember, so what makes u think that u will ensure all will buckle up by 1 jan 09

27 December, 2008 16:46  

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