Friday, October 28, 2005

Five-year limit for driving licences

PUTRAJAYA: Effective today, the maximum renewal period for driving licences will be five years instead of 10, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

He said the move was to enable the authorities to act quickly against those who flouted traffic rules and also reduce road accidents.

“It has been a problem for the police and the Road Transport Department (JPJ) to take action against those holding 10-year licences because after flouting the laws, the people are still on the road causing mischief,” he said after a briefing at the JPJ headquarters here yesterday.

Abdullah said more stringent rules have been introduced for learner drivers.

Their temporary licences would be revoked if they break traffic rules.

“Those issued driving licences can renew them annually only if they have one traffic offence while those with a clean slate could renew their licences for two years.

“If their record continues to be clean, they can renew their licences for up to five years,” he said, adding that the stringent measures were not to burden the people but to nurture more responsible drivers.

Source: The Star...Five-year limit for driving licences

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