ROAD TRANSPORT ACT 2010 – CONSUMERS SCREWED – CRONIES TO BENEFIT?

Dr Jacob George is president and legal adviser to the Consumers Association of Subang and Shah Alam (Cassa)

I hear loud thunders of planned and proposed boycotts nationwide!

It is clear that this section with others will pave the way forward to introduce the controversial AUTOMATED ENFORCEMENT SYSTEM (AES).

You do not have to be a rocket scientist to know that a concession will be given and perhaps two crony companies chosen to introduce car registration number plates with ‘chips’ which will cost RM150/-

This will affect hundreds of groups involved in this trade! They will not sit ideally quiet!

Remember – the ‘Oranges boycott of old!’ Strange we do not learn from past mistakes!   
2. With over 25 million vehicles (estimate) in the country this will be a brilliant profiteering act running into billions for the concessionaire and their political masters while the consumers are royally screwed! – Dr Jacob George
 


ROAD TRANSPORT ACT 2010 – CONSUMERS SCREWED – CRONIES TO BENEFIT?

It is quite clear that a major and drastic change is going to take place with the amendments to the Road Transport Act 1987 which if unchallenged will bring great misery, misfortune to Malaysian consumers but at the same time make billionaires of those given certain intended ‘concessionaires on car registration number plates!’

The amendments I am reliably advised is expected to take place at the next Parliament session unless public sentiments and protest forces major changes to a plot that has already initiated!

My view is that the said proposed changes to the act is far too drastic and would not be welcome by consumers nationwide and politicians from both political divide and put the government again on a defensive mode and repeated ‘political fire-fighting!’

Let us just look at some areas for starters:

Section 2 (b) – Definition of Roads

By deleting the words “but shall not include any private road, bridge, tunnel or anything connected to that road which is maintained and kept by private persons or private bodies” – we will have a situation in Malaysian where all roads be they those administered by the government, local council, our Kampong and estate roads all becoming under the said jurisdiction and any offence on them will be penalized by fines and jail terms!

Section 4A – “Notwithstanding anything contained in any written law, any police officer or road transport officer shall exercise the powers conferred by this Act in respect of offences committed under this Act on any roads maintained and kept by private persons or private bodies” – this basically means the enforcement officials can enter any road private or otherwise and summon the alleged offender!

Basically the next time you put up a tent for a prayer session, wedding, funeral at your housing estate road – you can be penalized!

That is the state of affairs!
Section 13A and 14 – RTA 2010

Another monopoly created!

It is clear that this section with others will pave the way forward to introduce the controversial AUTOMATED ENFORCEMENT SYSTEM (AES).

You do not have to be a rocket scientist to know that a concession will be given and perhaps two crony companies chosen to introduce car registration number plates with ‘chips’ which will cost RM150/-

2. With over 25 million vehicles (estimate) in the country this will be a brilliant profiteering act running into billions for the concessionaire and their political masters while the consumers are royally screwed!

3. This will bring about groundswell of backlash when the traders in this trade are affected by this move which will threaten their profession and rice bowl!

4. What about ‘privacy issues’ pertaining to personal and private data?

Section 58A – On notice on change of address

Once again are we trying to criminalize each and everyone by this?

This is ridiculous and utterly stupid!

Section 38 – “Endorsement of suspension, revocation or disqualification”

Extremely draconian and where natural justice is affected! Why jail terms and fines of not less than RM3000/- or more than RM10, 000 and jail terms of 3 years. Interestingly if passed we may have more by-elections when state assemblymen and Member of parliaments are affected!

Section 48 – Another fiasco.

The above will have far reaching impact against Malaysian consumers!

Basically laws are there to control, assist, concretize the masses but not as an agent to create fear and anxiety and bring chaos in the hearts and minds of the society!

We are talking about Road Transport not serious sexual crimes, robbery,  murder or those relating to drugs and so forth.

Only an absolute idiot will say that the answer to the growing accidents in the country is higher fines – RM1000 to RM3000/- and jail terms!

Only an absolute idiot and an opportunist will use the statistics on accidents to introduce the AES system which will be another monopoly like all the other monopolies we are dishing out at the same breathe saying that subsidies to the poor and marginalized must be pulled back!

I am certain if the Transport Ministry does not stand down on the proposed draconian amendments public interests and backlash will soar resulting in those in elected office losing their deposits in the next General Elections!

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