KUALA LUMPUR: Using one’s birthday as the expiry date for their driving licence is being considered by the Road Transport Department (JPJ).
Transport Minister Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha said yesterday this was because many drivers used the excuse that they had forgotten to renew their licence when they were caught driving with an expired one.
“If the holder’s next birthday is less than six months after the expiry date of their licence, the fee for the period will be free of charge,” he told a press conference at Wisma MCA in Kuala Lumpur.
However, he said, if the period between the holder’s next birthday and the expiry date of the licence was more than six months, they would be charged 50% of the renewal fee.
He said licence holders would still be allowed to renew their licences for up to five years if such a system were to be implemented.
Birthday renewal to ensure drivers do not forget licence expiry date
KUALA LUMPUR: If you are among the many who just can’t remember when your driving licence needs to be renewed, there is to be the perfect “reminder” a birthday renewal.
Transport Minister Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha, who disclosed this yesterday, said the Road Transport Department (JPJ) was working on the details.
He said many motorists caught driving with expired licences tended to use the excuse of forgetting to renew it.
“If the holder’s next birthday is less than six months after the expiry of the licence, the fee for the period will be free during the transition time,” he told a press conference at Wisma MCA.
However, if the period between the holder’s next birthday and the expiry date of the licence was more than six months, the holder would be charged 50% of the renewal fee, he added.
Kong said licence holders would still be allowed to renew their licences for up to five years.
The minister said the RTD was open to feedback and suggestions on the proposed renewal system.
“We also need to ensure that our computer system can comply with the new implementation.”
On another matter, Kong said the registration of new vehicles from January to June had increased by 5.25%, to 614,775 this year compared to 584,088 during the same period last year.
“For the private vehicles category, the registration of cars from January to June increased by 2.57% to 296,383, compared with 288,968 during the same period last year,” he said.
Kong said the registration of commercial vehicles showed an increase of 8.24%, with 36,875 registered, compared with 35,033 over the same period last year.
He said the ministry was confident that the total number of registered vehicles this year would exceed a million, as was the case in 2009 and 2010.
On Monday, the Malaysian Automotive Association revised its total industry volume forecast to 608,000 units from 618,000 units initially for 2011 due to disruption in supply. This was due to the earthquake/tsunami in Japan and delays to vehicle registrations over the amendments made to the Hire Purchase Act 1967.
Motorists: Thumbs up for timely reminder to renew licences
PETALING JAYA: The insurance industry, Automobile Association of Malaysia (AAM) and motorists are all for the “birthday reminder” driving licence renewal proposal.
An insurance official, who only wanted to be known as Hari, said insurance companies would usually reject claims by those who did not possess valid driving licences.
“This is because you are not supposed to be on the road in the first place,” he said.
Saying that he had handled such claims before, Hari said he would tell his clients to renew their licences before making any police report.
“You have 24 hours to make a report, so you can still escape. If you cause injuries or death, however, it could become very complicated.”
Hari suggested that the Road Transport Department send SMS reminders to motorists when their licences are about to expire.
An AAM official, who supported the proposal, said it would be entirely up to an insurance company’s discretion to decide on compensation claims from those whose driving licences had expired.
“The police will compound the driver holding an expired licence and the insurance company can reject the claim,” he pointed out.
Motorist R. Venkataganesh, 30, welcomed the proposal, saying many motorists could not remember their licence’s expiry dates.
He said he once renewed his road tax on his birthday and had no difficulty remembering the expiry date.
Another motorist, who only wanted to be known as Liew, 42, said the move would be helpful to those who “are forgetful”
He confessed to having driven around with a licence that had expired for three months.
“I only realised this when I was involved in an accident.”
[Source: The Star Online]