Is it true that rear passengers caught not wearing a seat belt on the PLUS North-South Expressway will receive a RM300 fine?
Find out what’s going on, and what the FACTS really are!
Claim : RM300 Seat Belt Fine By Police On PLUS Highway!
These viral messages have been circulating on SMS, WhatsApp and Facebook since early January 2021, but keep getting reposted every holiday season.
The North-South Expressway PLUS starts today, and police officers will check every day in the evening~ The passengers in the back seat with no seat belt, will be fined RM300 per person, RM600 for two people.
👉 Please do update friends & family members to be alert & pay attention in this matter.
👉 Just now a lot of cars have been issued with fines.
👉 Please notify everyone going out to remember to wear a seat belt at the back seat.
Just received and send.
南北高速 PLUS 今天开工，警察每天晚上都会检查～后排座位上的乘客没有系安全带，将被罚款。每人 300 令吉，两个人 RM600“.
The North-South Expressway PLUS starting today, PDRM will check vehicles~ Passengers in the rear seats who are not wearing seat belts will be fined. RM300 per person, RM600 for two persons.
The Truth : There Is No RM300 Seat Belt Fine
The truth is there is no RM300 fine for rear passengers who are caught not wearing a seat belt.
Fact #1 : JSPT Refuted RM300 Seat Belt Fine Claim
The Bukit Aman Traffic Investigation and Enforcement Department (JSPT) refuted the claim that they would be checking cars travelling on the PLUS North-South Expressway in the evenings, and issuing a RM300 fine for those caught not wearing a seat belt at the back.
The JSPT Deputy Director SAC Datuk Mohd Nadzri Hussain said, “We at JSPT would like to advise all road users to continue complying with the laws and regulations to ensure the safety of every road user.”
“In addition, we would also like to urge the public to stop spreading fake information and to always ensure the validity of any viral information shared on social media sites.”
Fact #2 : Rear Seat Belt Mandatory Since 1 January 2009
It has been mandatory in Malaysia to wear a seat belt while seated in the back seat of a vehicle since 1 January 2009, except for :
- old vehicles registered before 1 January 1995
- vehicles registered on or after 1 January 1995, but lack rear anchorage points
- vehicles that seat more than 8 passengers (not including driver)
- good vehicles with carrying load of more than 3.5 tonnes
Fact #3 : Seat Belt Fine Is Way More Than RM300
Any driver or passengers, whether seated in the front or rear, caught not wearing a seat belt will be subject to :
- a fine of up to RM 2,000, and / or
- a prison sentence of up to 1 year
As you can see – that’s a LOT higher than the RM300 fine in the viral messages.
Fact #4 : RM300 Seat Belt Fine “Offer” Ended In 2009
The RM300 seat belt fine was actually a discounted offer for a 6-month introductory period when the seat belt law came into effect.
From 1 January until 30 June 2009 – the police and JPJ only issued a reduced RM300 fine to those who were caught no wearing a seat belt.
That “introductory fine” had long expired, so drivers are now subject to the much higher penalties.
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