BERITA DAILY LETTER: From YS Chan, via e-mail
Those concerned with road safety are aware that several thousand people are killed in road accidents annually and the reported number of crashes exceeded half a million, with millions of traffic summonses remain unpaid.
Recently, Road Transport Department (RTD) Deputy Director General (Planning/Operations) Wan Ahmad Uzir Wan Sulaiman disclosed that only 19 million out of some 28 million registered vehicles have valid road tax.
From March 27 until June 30, road tax may be renewed normally at any RTD state office if expired within three years, otherwise the vehicles must be inspected at Puspakom before road tax could be renewed.
Apart from loss of government revenue from non-renewal of road tax, we should be more concerned with uninsured vehicles on the road.
Owners are allowed to choose whether to insure for damage to their own vehicles, but they are required by law to be insured for third party injuries.
The fact that nine million registered vehicles are without road tax could mean that there are also millions of vehicles on our road without insurance. Should they be involved in accidents, injured victims would not be able to receive compensation from insurance.
Suing such irresponsible drivers or riders would be a waste of time and money, as most of them would not have the means to settle large compensation.
For this reason, we have a law to compel all owners of motor vehicles to be insured for third party injuries. But if it is not complied by so many or enforced effectively, it showed that something must be wrong with the way our country was run.
Surely the best time for change is now.