Transport Ministry scraps One Community, One RTD programme

The Transport Ministry has cancelled the Road Transport Department’s (RTD) One Community, One RTD (SKSJ) programme, effective immediately.

Its Minister Anthony Loke said the programme was established in 2009 to help rural folks obtain probationary motorcycle licences.

The programme is being discontinued because applicants were not required to undergo strict learning and test procedures.

PUTRAJAYA: The Transport Ministry has cancelled the Road Transport Department’s (RTD) One Community, One RTD (SKSJ) programme, effective immediately.

Its Minister Anthony Loke said the programme was established in 2009 to help rural folks obtain probationary motorcycle licences.

The programme is being discontinued because applicants were not required to undergo strict learning and test procedures.

“Applicants only have to undergo training at the village areas and can get such licences. This should not be so, instead applicants must undergo the existing processes,” he told reporters today.

Loke said a total of 140,647 people had secured their licences via the programme to date.

He also said the ministry had lodged a police report on advertisements posted on social media regarding `kopi o’ or ‘flying’ licence services using RTD’s logo.

“I want to remind driving institutions that are involved in such scams that they are at risk of losing their licences and if any RTD staff are involved, they can be sacked,” he added.

In addition, Loke said the authorities had recorded 22,411 accidents with 235 fatal accidents involving 248 deaths during the integrated operation held in conjunction with the Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebration from June 8 to 22.

“We are sad that the target to reduce accidents cannot be met because the number of accidents recorded for the same period last year are very low.

“The main contributing factor to the fatal accidents involved drivers losing control of their vehicles with 142 out of 235 cases,” he said.

In this respect, Loke said the ministry would review existing enforcement and campaigns as well as introducing new approach to reduce road accidents next year.

Source: NST Online

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