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Flash Flood Forces Closure Of Shah Alam Toll Plaza!

Shah Alam Toll Plaza : Still CLOSED After Flash Flood!

The Shah Alam toll plaza on the PLUS Highway remains closed, as PDRM + Bomba helped to rescue 226 victims!

Here is what you need to know…

 

Shah Alam Toll Plaza : Still CLOSED After Flash Flood!

At around 2 PM on 18 December 2021, a flash flood forced the PLUS Highway management to completely shut down the Shah Alam Toll Plaza and Interchange.

They also activated mandatory exits at the Subang and Seafield toll plazas to divert southbound and northbound traffic from the flooded Shah Alam toll plaza and interchange.

In addition, PLUS Highway also closed the entry lane at Bukit Raja, as well as the Setia Alam ramp to Shah Alam.

Motorists who are trapped between Setia Alam to Shah Alam, and between Subang to Shah Alam / ELITE Highway, were required to make an emergency U-turn via a temporary access that PLUS created.

19 December 2021 Update

By 7 AM, PDRM and Bomba rescuers located and transferred 226 victims who were trapped by the flash flood to other parts of the PLUS highway.

At 5:40 PM, PLUS Highway announced that the Shah Alam toll plaza will remain closed, and motorists would continue to be redirected to the Subang and Seafield toll plazas.

If you are planning to travel to, or from Shah Alam, using the PLUS Highway, you should seek an alternative route; or postpone your trip.

PLUS Highway will reopen the Shah Alam toll plaza once they confirmed it’s safe to do so.

 

Flash Flood Risk To Persist Until 19 December 2021

The Malaysia Meteorological Department warned that the severe rainstorm will persist at least until 19 December 2021 :

  • Dangerous (until 18 December 2021) : Selangor, Kuala Lumpur
  • Severe (until 19 December 2021) : Perak, Pahang, Selangor, Putrajaya, Negeri Sembilan

 

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How To Pay PDRM Traffic Summons Using Maybank ATM!

You can now pay your PDRM traffic summons using any Maybank ATM!

Here is what you need to know!

 

Pay Your PDRM Fines Through Pos Malaysia / Maybank ATM!

On 12 December 2021, PDRM announced that you will be able to pay your traffic summons with the 80% discount through :

  • all Pos Malaysia branches across the country
  • all Maybank ATM machines anywhere in Malaysia

Note : We have no idea if this option will extend beyond the discount period.

Read more : 80% Traffic Offence Discount Extended For PDRM + JPJ!

 

How To Pay PDRM Traffic Summons Using Maybank ATM!

Some of you have had trouble paying your PDRM traffic summons using the Maybank ATM, so here is our (partial) guide :

Step 1 : Insert your ATM card, and key in your PIN number

Step 2 : Select the PAYBILLS option.

Step 3 : Select PDRM SUMMONS PAYMENT.

Step 4 : Tap CONTINUE in this disclaimer screen.

Step 5 : Key in your MyKad (I/C) number, and tap YES.

Step 6 : Your compoundable summons will now be displayed, with the total amount to be paid (after the 80% discount).

Step 7 : Unfortunately, I have none under my name, so I cannot proceed further. But at this point, you will be allowed to make payment through the Maybank ATM, either through a cash deposit, or your Maybank account.

 

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TNG RFID Will Finally Be Operational On PLUS Highway!

After almost 2 years of delay, TNG RFID will finally be operational on the PLUS Highway from 15 January 2022 onwards!

Here is what you need to know…

 

TNG RFID @ PLUS Highway : Originally Scheduled For April 2020!

TNG RFID is an electronic payment system that uses an RFID (radio-frequency identification) tag that is affixed to the vehicle’s windscreen or headlamp, and linked to the user’s Touch ‘n Go eWallet account.

The TNG RFID Tag is linked to the user’s Touch ‘n Go eWallet account, and whenever your vehicle approaches a toll, an overhead scanner its encrypted code and automatically deducts the fare, allowing you to pass without stopping.

This system was originally meant to be implemented on the PLUS highway in April 2020, but was repeatedly delayed until now…

Read more : TNG RFID Self-Fitment Guide : How To Do It Yourself!

 

TNG RFID Will Finally Be Operational On PLUS Highway!

On 16 December 2021, the Malaysia Ministry of Works (KKR) announced that the TNG RFID system will be activated from 15 January 2022 onwards for Class 1 light vehicles from the Juru toll in Penang to the Skudai toll in Johor Bahru.

This is part of the Ministry’s Intelligent Transport System (ITS) blueprint, which includes the Multi Lane Free Flow (MLFF) toll system.

With the RFID system enabled, motorists will be able to pass through RFID tolls at up to 30 km/h, with the convenience of automatic top-ups.

Don’t worry if you don’t have your RFID tag yet. PLUS highway tolls will still support Touch ‘n Go cards and SmartTAG. Support for these legacy payment methods will be gradually reduced to allow for more RFID lanes.

You can purchase the TNG RFID tags for RM 35 at these two official online stores :

Please buy only from the two official TNG RFID online stores above. We do NOT recommend buying from third-party stores, because they may not be authentic.

 

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80% Traffic Offence Discount Extended For PDRM + JPJ!

PDRM + JPJ just extended their 80% traffic offence discount programmes, so there is NO NEED to rush!

Here is what you need to know…

 

80% Discount For Traffic Offences : Four Days Of Long Queues!

After both Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) and Road Transport Department (JPJ) offered the 80% discount on most traffic offences, there were long queues outside police and JPJ offices.

This extended online, where the PDRM MyBAYAR Saman system was brought to its knees, with users unable to register and/or log in to pay their fines.

Nevertheless, PDRM reported that 372,636 traffic summonses were cleared on the first day, netting RM 17.5 million!

Read more : PDRM + JPJ Traffic Offences : How To Get 80% Discount?

 

80% Traffic Offence Discount Extended For PDRM + JPJ!

To alleviate the heavy traffic to their servers, both PDRM and JPJ announced that they would extend their 80% discount on traffic offences!

PDRM

PDRM is extending their 80% discount on traffic offences to 31 December 2021, and you will be able to make payments at :

  • Payment Counters at Police District Headquarters
  • Payment Counters at Police Contingent Headquarters
  • MyBAYAR Saman online portal or app
  • Pos Malaysia branches
  • Maybank ATM

JPJ

JPJ is extending their 80% discount on traffic offences to 15 December 2021, and you will be able to make payments at :

 

80% Discount Not For All Traffic Offences

The discounts being offered do NOT apply to all traffic offences. Here is a list of traffic offences that will not be reduced under this programme :

  • Causing accidents
  • Overtaking another vehicle dangerously
  • Driving on the emergency lane
  • Not obeying traffic lights
  • Overtaking across double lines
  • Non-compoundable offences
  • Offences involving heavy vehicles
  • Modification of vehicle exhausts

 

How To Get PDRM / JPJ Traffic Discount Online?

PDRM

Instead of queuing up at the police headquarters, you should use the online MyBayar Saman portal or app :

The PDRM launched MyBayar Saman as an alternative payment option, instead of paying over-the-counter, or using private collecting agents like MyEG.

This would also save the public money as MyBayar Saman is FREE, and does not collect service charges. They can also pay their fines at their convenience, without wasting time queuing to pay.

JPJ

Instead of queuing up at JPJ offices, you should use their online mySIKAP online portal.

 

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PDRM + JPJ Traffic Offences : How To Get 80% Discount?

The Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) and the Road Transport Department (JPJ) just announced the latest details of their 4-day traffic offence discount programme!

Now you can actually skip the queue, and pay for your traffic offences with up to 80% discount online!

 

Discount For Traffic Offences : What Was Announced Earlier

It was announced earlier that the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) and the Road Transport Department (JPJ) would be offering massive discounts on traffic offences over four days at the KL Convention Centre (KLCC).

  • 80% discount for traffic summonses within Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya
  • 70% discount for traffic summonses outside Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya

That immediately led to criticism that the tiered discounts is discriminatory. A common refrain -why are people in KL and Putrajaya getting more discount than those from other states?

They also announced that these discounts would only be valid at the KLCC payment counters. That was roundly criticised as it would mean people gathering and queuing for hours – a big risk during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

PDRM + JPJ Traffic Offences : How To Get 80% Discount?

Just before the offer kicked off, PDRM and JPJ issued press releases (JPJ) making changes to the traffic offence discount programme :

Discount Now Up To 80%

PDRM and JPJ announced that they will offer up to 80% discount on traffic summonses, with a minimum of RM30.

There is no longer any reference to a 70% discount for traffic summonses outside KL and Putrajaya.

Discount Programme Runs For 4 Days

The PDRM and JPJ traffic summons discount programme will run for 4 days – from 9 until 12 December 2021.

You Don’t Have To Pay At KLCC!

PDRM will now allow you to pay for your compound at multiple venues, and even online!

  • PDRM Payment Counters @ KLCC
  • Summon Payment Counters at Police District Headquarters
  • Summon Payment Counters at Police Contingent Headquarters
  • MyBAYAR Saman online portal or app

JPJ will similarly allow you to pay for your compound at multiple venues, and even online!

Discounts Do NOT Apply To All Traffic Offences

The discounts being offered do NOT apply to all traffic offences. Here is a list of traffic offences that will not be reduced under this programme :

  • Causing accidents
  • Overtaking another vehicle dangerously
  • Driving on the emergency lane
  • Not obeying traffic lights
  • Overtaking across double lines
  • Non-compoundable offences
  • Offences involving heavy vehicles
  • Modification of vehicle exhausts
  • Cases registered at the courts
  • Arrest warrants that have not resulted in Discharge Not Amounting To Acquittal (DNAA)

PDRM + JPJ Advised Public To Pay Compounds Online!

Instead of requiring people to queue up at the KL Convention Centre, PDRM and JPJ now advise the public to pay their compounds online instead.

They also called on those who wish to pay their compounds physically, to obey COVID-19 precautions and SOP.

 

How To Pay PDRM / JPJ Traffic Offences Online?

PDRM

Instead of queuing up at the police headquarters, you should use the online MyBayar Saman portal or app :

The PDRM launched MyBayar Saman as an alternative payment option, instead of paying over-the-counter, or using private collecting agents like MyEG.

This would also save the public money as MyBayar Saman is FREE, and does not collect service charges. They can also pay their fines at their convenience, without wasting time queuing to pay.

JPJ

Instead of queuing up at JPJ offices, you should use their online mySIKAP online portal.

 

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Can You Wear Slippers While Driving In Malaysia?

Can you wear slippers while driving a car in Malaysia? Here is what you need to know!

Updated @ 2021-07-17 : Added confirmation letter from JPJ

Originally posted @ 2021-07-15

 

Are Police Checking For Driving With Slippers In Malaysia?

A video went viral recently, showing a police officer stopping a man, and asking if he’s wearing slippers or shoes.

Many Malaysian netizens were shocked by video. Some speculated that the police are looking for a kick-back, while others said that it’s to check if people were going to work or having a joyride.

 

Can You Wear Slippers While Driving In Malaysia?

So can you wear slippers while driving in Malaysia?

That really depends on whether you are driving a personal vehicle, or a commercial vehicle.

Fact #1 : You Can Wear Slippers While Driving A Private Vehicle

There are no laws that forbid you from wearing slippers or sandals while driving a private vehicle.

However, wearing slippers or sandals while driving a commercial vehicle (like a lorry, bus or taxi) is an offence under the Commercial Vehicles Licensing Board Act 1987.

The person who recorded the video was a taxi driver. That’s why the police officer let the car in front of him go, but stopped to question him.

Fact #2 : Commercial Vehicle Drivers Must Wear Appropriate Attire

Drivers of commercial vehicles do not just have to wear proper shoes while driving, they have to be properly attired.

Section 15(b) of the Road Traffic Rules 1959 requires drivers of commercial vehicles to be properly attired.

What that means is really ambiguous, but in the past has included wearing slippers or sandals while driving.

JPJ confirmed that it is mandatory for drivers of commercial and public vehicles to wear fully-closed shoes. Those who do not can be fined under the Road Transportation Act 1987.

Fact #3 : Driving With Slippers Is Dangerous

Even though it’s legal to drive a private vehicle with slippers or sandals, I highly advise you NOT to do that.

Driving with slippers or sandals have been shown to increase the risk of accidents through :

  • increasing the time it takes to work the pedals.
  • delay your reaction time.
  • reduce the amount of force on the pedals.
  • getting lodged under the pedals

Even if you don’t get a ticket for not wearing proper shoes while driving, you could end up in a bad accident.

Please stop wearing slippers while driving!

Fact #4 : Taking Off Your Slippers / Shoes Is Also Dangerous!

For those who like to drive barefoot, please don’t do that either!

Taking off your shoes or slippers before driving is a recipe for disaster, as they can get lodged under the pedals.

Imagine trying to pump the brake pedal with your shoe or slipper lodged under it.

If you really, REALLY must drive barefoot, please place your footwear in the passenger’s compartment.

 

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PDRM : 50% Discount On Traffic Offences For 1 Month!

PDRM is offering up to 50% discount on traffic offences for 1 month! Here is what you need to know!

 

PDRM : 50% Discount On Traffic Offences For 1 Month!

On 17 June 2021, the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) announced that they will offer 50% discount on traffic offences from 18 June until 18 July 2021.

The discounts will also apply to fines in the black list category, but will NOT include

  • summonses under court review,
  • major offences committed in 2021,
  • offences involving heavy vehicles, or
  • offences exhaust modification.

 

How To Get 50% Discount On Traffic Offences

The 50% discount on traffic offences is only valid for ONLINE PAYMENT.

In fact, PDRM announced that they will close all payment counters in police district and contingent headquarters, to prevent people queuing up and creating new COVID-19 clusters.

To get the 50% discount, you will need to use one of these options :

  1. MyBayar Saman online : https://mybayar.rmp.gov.my/
  2. Google Play Store
  3. Apple App Store
  4. HUAWEI App Gallery

PDRM also shared that MyBayar Saman has been upgraded to allow companies and business entities to register as a user, and make payments.

 

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Gone In 90 Minutes : Tanker Spills 20,000 Litres Of Oil!

A tanker just hit the side of the Juru toll, spilling 20,000 litres of oil!

This is why tanker drivers need to be extra careful passing through toll gates.

 

Gone In 90 Minutes : Tanker Spills 20,000 Litres Of Oil!

At around 12 PM on 20 April 2021, a tanker passing through the Juru toll hit a metal pole on the left side.

The pole punctured the tank, which spilled its entire contents onto the road. Fortunately, it was just cooking oil!

The PLUS Response Time and the Prai Fire Department rushed to the site to contain the spill, and clean up the oil.

They succeeded in clearing everything by 1:30 PM, but the incident still caused traffic jam at the toll which apparently stretched for a good 3 kilometres!

The 50 year-old tanker driver suffered minor injuries to his leg, and was taken to the Seberang Jaya Hospital for treatment.

 

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Pos Malaysia Suspends Road Tax Renewal!

Pos Malaysia was just instructed by JPJ to temporarily suspend road tax renewal at all post offices nationwide!

Find out what happened, and what impact it has on drivers!

 

Pos Malaysia Suspends Road Tax Renewal!

On 22 February 2021, Pos Malaysia announced that they were instructed by JPJ (Jabatan Pengangkutan Jalan) to temporarily suspend road tax renewal (Lesen Kenderaan Motor) at all post offices nationwide.

From 23 February until 31 March 2021, Pos Malaysia will no longer process road tax renewals at all post offices nationwide.

Pos Malaysia will continue to offer all other services at all post offices nationwide, including driving licence and vehicle insurance renewals.

Photo Credit : New Straits Times

But there is no need to worry about losing your ability to drive, or getting a compound for driving without a valid road tax.

The Ministry of Transport has already exempted road tax and driver licence renewal during MCO 2.0. So you can drive your vehicles as long as you have valid insurance for them.

 

Pos Malaysia Road Tax Renewal Suspension Notice

Here are the official notices on the suspension of road tax renewal at all Pos Malaysia post offices nationwide :

 

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MCO 2.0 Changes : Driving + Flight Schools Can Reopen!

Malaysia just announced that driving and flight schools will be allowed to reopen in MCO areas!

Find out what has changed, and what it means for the MCO SOP in Malaysia!

 

MCO Changes Today : Driving + Flight Schools Can Reopen!

On 11 February 2021, Malaysia National Security Council (MKN) announced that the government has decided to further liberalise the MCO SOP, to protect the economy.

Here are the changes announced by Senior Minister (Security) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob :

Driving Schools

  • Driving schools may reopen from 12 February 2021 onwards.
  • Both practical and theory classes are permitted.
  • Operational hours : 7:30 AM until 8:30 PM
  • Both teacher and student must wear face masks at all times.
  • Only the student scheduled for that time slot is allowed to be present at the premise.
  • Physical distancing of 1 metre must be maintained at the counter and waiting area.
  • The vehicle must be sanitised after each training session.

Flight Schools

  • Flight schools may reopen from 12 February 2021 onwards, with hybrid training.
  • Trainees must remain within the Approved Training Organisation (ATO).
  • Trainees must obtain letter of authorisation for inter-state or inter-district travel

 

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Was This Driver FINED For Letting His Wife Sit Next To Him?

A driver was allegedly issued a RM1K fine for letting his wife sit next to him in their car during the CMCO lockdown.

Find out what happened, and if you can really get fined for sitting side-by-side in your car!

 

Claim : This Driver Was FINED For Letting His Wife Sit Next To Him!

A video of a driver being issued a fine has gone viral on WhatsApp, together with this message :

Damn stupid. Silly another case just happened in Melaka. Malim – a husband & wife kena saman bcos wife sitting at front seat next to the husband.

Police says the 2nd person (even your wife) must seat behind. Just got this news from my neighbour who just came back from malim.

People are sharing it as evidence that you can be fined for letting a passenger sit next to you in a car.

 

No, This Driver Was NOT Fined For Letting His Wife Sit Next To Him!

We had earlier debunked two similar hoaxes about people getting fined for sitting side-by-side in a car :

This is yet another hoax, and here are the facts…

Fact #1 : The Driver Was NOT Fined For Letting His Wife Sit Next To Him

The man actually posted on Facebook, claiming that he was issued a summon for letting his wife use her phone :

I was just given a summon by PDRM at Jalan Dato Md Zain. I ask the officer what’s my offence and according to him “Sebelah kiri pakai hphone”.

I said that was my wife using and why issue me summon as I am not using phone. He just said go attend court. I ask for proof and he said all are there when you attend court hearing.

I refuse to sign and the office® can just sign on behalf?

Anyone encounter such issue and what can be done?

 

Fact #2 : The Driver Was Fined For Using A Phone While Driving

The Melaka state police stated that the driver was issued the ticket at about 11:08 AM on 9 November 2020, for using his phone while driving.

The driver protested that it was his wife using the phone, but the police had seen the driver using the phone with his left hand about 250 metres before the roadblock.

Because the driver refused to acknowledge the ticket, the police officer wrote ETT (Enggan Tanda Tangan / Refused To Sign) before handing the ticket to him.

The ticket lists the offence as “PANDU GUNA ALAT KOMUNIKASI” – driving while using a communications device.

Fact #3 : Two Persons Are Allowed In / On A Vehicle

The Malaysian National Security Council (MKN) released three regional SOPs and later an updated SOP for Peninsular Malaysia states under CMCO / PKPB lockdown :

The earlier three SOPs state clearly that two persons per household are allowed to go out together to purchase food and essentials.

The latest Peninsular Malaysia SOP explicitly says that two persons per household are allowed to travel in or on a vehicle.

Note that there is no requirement for the passenger to sit behind the driver. It would have been an absurd and pointless rule anyway, since they are from the same household.

Fact #4 : There Is No Limit On Commercial Vehicles

According to the MKN SOPs, there is no new limit on vehicles carrying goods and providing essential services, including those involved in business and industrial activities.

The number of people in such vehicles are limited to what’s allowed by the commercial vehicle licence.

For example, if a delivery van is licensed for up to 3 people, then 3 people may sit together in that delivery van.

Fact #5 : Taxis + E-hailing Vehicles Are Limited To 2 Passengers

The MKN SOPs limit taxis and e-hailing vehicles to 2 passengers.

That means a total of 3 people are allowed in a car, and two of them will definitely be sitting side by side.

So it will not be logical for the police to issue a fine for people sitting side by side in any vehicle.

Fact #6 : No Requirement For A Passenger To Sit Behind The Driver

For the police to issue a fine, it must be specifically forbidden in the CMCO / PKPB SOP for two persons to sit side by side in a vehicle.

There is no such requirement in the CMCO / PKPB SOP, so it is not possible for the police to issue such a fine.


We highly recommend that you check out our other two articles on this never-ending hoax about police issuing fines for sitting side-by-side in a car :

 

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Waze 2016 Driver Satisfaction Index Revealed

Malaysia ranks 23rd in the world on Waze 2016 Driver Satisfaction Index!

Where in the world are the best and worst places to be a driver? The 2016 Driver Satisfaction Index is made up by analyzing millions of monthly active Waze users in 38 countries and 235 metros to critique their traffic conditions, road safety, driver services, road quality, socio economic climate & Wazeyness from satisfying (10) to miserable (1).

While Waze has more than 65 million monthly active users globally in 185 countries, this report only focuses on countries and metros with more than 20,000+ monthly active users to ensure data accuracy and fair market comparisons. This data was then used to compile a global and national snapshots. Here’s what they found:

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Top Ten Country Rankings

1.   Netherlands
2.   France
3.   United States
4.   Czech Republic
5.   Sweden
6.   United Arab Emirates
7.   Latvia
8.   Hungary
9.   Slovakia
10. Italy

The Netherlands comes out on top with an average satisfaction score of 7.54 with France and America coming second and third respectively. Propping up the table is El Salvador who rank as the worst place to drive in the world based on this index with a satisfaction score of 2.85, they are followed closely by Guatemala and the Philippines.

Malaysia’s ranking has slipped from last year to 23rd which puts us in the lower end of the satisfaction index unfortunately, however out of all global countries, we scored highly on road quality with Malaysia posting a road quality satisfaction of 9.03, the 6th best score in the world and way and above the global average of 6.71!

On further probing it was found that Malaysia’s slip down the rankings was due to further countries being added that ranked higher. Additionally, the Wazeyness, Road Safety and Traffic Indices indicated drops from the previous year.

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