We hope, there will be fewer errant motorists on Bintulu roads from April 15,  that’s is if Kejara system will be fully enforced by the Road Transport Department (JPJ).

JPJ director-general Datuk Seri Nadzri Siron said the Kejara system will be enforced from April 15 for two offenses: speeding, and running a red light.

These are the most common offenses we witness on the roads, Bintulu roads in particular.

A driver who racks up a total of 100 points under the new JPJ demerit points will have to kiss their driving license goodbye.

Errant motorists will also be subjected to incremental penalties for every 20 points – from a warning to having license suspended for varying periods.

  • Running red light: 4 points private vehicles
  • Running red light: 6 points for lorries and buses
  • Speeding:  2-4 points private vehicles depending on how much speed limit was exceeded.
  • Speeding: 4-6 points buses and lorries

A tilting traffic light downtown Bintulu – testimony of how notorious Bintulu drivers could be.

“Buses and lorries pose a greater risk to the public and need to be held to a higher degree of responsibility,” Nadzri added.

Nadzri said a license could also be revoked if the offender gets suspended from driving three times within five years.

Those on a learner’s permit are on an even shorter leash; getting 20 points will result in the immediate revocation of their license.

“The system is not to punish drivers, it’s for their own safety. We want to take habitual offenders off the road and reduce traffic accidents,” Nadzri said during a press briefing at JPJ headquarters Putrajaya Thursday morning, The Star reported.

Kejara would be integrated with Automated Enforcement System (AES) cameras as part of the Automated Awareness Safety System (Awas), which was introduced on April 1.

He said the demerit points would be logged once offenders paid their compounds or were convicted in traffic court.

He added that those who did not pay on time or make their court dates would automatically be penalized.

“Those who get enough demerit points to warrant a warning, suspension or revocation will be given notice,” he said.

Any suspension or revocation would take effect immediately after offenders hand in their license at a JPJ office, or 21 days after the notice was issued.

Those who are convicted of further traffic offenses while their license is suspended or revoked can be fined between RM3,000 and RM10,000, or jailed a maximum of three years.

Those whose licenses are revoked may reapply for one after a 12-month cooling-off period.

Nadzri said those who have fewer than 20 demerit points may attend a rehabilitation course and 50% of the demerit points will be removed after they pass the course.

“Those who do not commit a traffic offense for a one-year period from their last offense are also eligible to a 50% demerit point removal incentive,” he said.