| James Kon |
DESPITE the introduction of the demerit points system through SiKAP, speeding offences have not come down, which should be a concern for the Royal Brunei Police Force (RBPF) and also the Land Transport Department.
Speeding continued to be the majority of traffic offences that were recorded by personnel of the Traffic Control and Investigation Department as 83 cases were booked in the third week of September (15 to 21) including a case of driving at a speed of more than 140km/hr (159km/hr).
Eight demerit points are docked for exceeding the speed limit by up to 30km/hr; nine demerit points are docked for exceeding the speed limit by more than 30km/hr up to 40km/hr; 12 demerit points are docked for exceeding the speed limit by more than 40km/hr up to 50km/hr and 24 demerit points are docked for exceeding the speed limit by more than 60km/hr.
If an over speeding motorist is docked 24 demerit points, his driving licence will be revoked immediately.
The stiff penalties notwithstanding, motorists continue to flout the speed restrictions, putting themselves and fellow road users at risk.
In a span of seven days, the police have recorded a total of 180 cases of traffic offences whereby 96 cases are under the Traffic Control and Investigation Department of Gadong and 84 under the Belait branch.
Of the figure, 31 are court cases including 17 cases of expired road tax, seven tinted window glasses, three expired driving licences, two sunshades, one modification and one driving without a valid licence.
Meanwhile, 149 compound cases were recorded comprising 83 cases of speeding, 14 cases of road tax not displayed on the left of the windscreen, 23 cases of failing to stop when the traffic light turned red, 39 cases of illegal parking, 20 cases of licence registration that did not comply with the regulation and others.
The Royal Brunei Police Force has reminded the public, especially road users, to always check their vehicles to make sure they are safe to be driven, especially on long journeys, always comply with the road and traffic regulations as well as follow safety signage, always wear seatbelts, not drive over the speed limit and avoid using mobile phones while driving.
Motorists have been urged to recite a prayer before starting a journey and avoid driving when sleepy while parents are urged not to allow their children who do not have a valid driving licence to borrow their cars.