Sometimes, those goons really make me wonder if I am living in the dark ages or what. Countries around the world already have law enforcement that every one must be belted up. If you have an extra passenger, you take another car or call another taxi. No argument about that. We face that in Australia and Hongkong.
But what do we have over here?
Monday November 3, 2008
No sure decision yet on whether extra passenger needs to belt up or pay up
They are not sure what they are going to do with the fourth passenger at the back. Dudes, there shouldn’t be a fourth passenger! Simple as that. Only three, max.
The uncertainty among those with more than five family members is, can the additional passenger travel without buckling up, once the rear seat-belt law is enforced on Jan 1?
The Road Safety Department says they can, but the traffic police says the issue has not been decided.
Of course, I am one of those guilty people who sometimes, only sometimes, stuffed four of us at the back because my 7-seater is still at the workshop.
What pissed me is the lack of co-operation and co-ordination between the police and JPJ. Is it so hard for them to sit down and work these out? This issue on rear seat belt and mandatory car seat for babies and small children is not something new. A lot of people, including the doctors, have pushed for this enforcement due to the highly fatal accident cases.
So, being the authority, they should have put their feet down, set the law and deal with it. There is no such thing as unsure, at this stage. If it is good for the people, make it a law and they have to disregard the inconveniences, gripes, whines faced by families like mine who have four children. That’s why we are always so inefficient. Stop dilly-dally, pushing the buck. Make up their freaking mind, already.