Road users reminded of traffic rules

Hakim Hayat

The Royal Brunei Police Force (RBPF) through its Traffic Control and Investigation Department (JSKLL) reminded road users to adhere to road and traffic regulations to ensure the safety of all.

Under the Road and Traffic Act Chapter 68, the JSKLL is responsible in ensuring all residents, especially drivers and motorcycle riders, obey the rules.

The JSKLL said that drivers must always be alert, courteous and considerate of other road users, and must not drive while under the influence of medicine that causes drowsiness.

Compound cases recorded are frequently related to motorists not using a seat belt, speeding, using a phone while driving, and driving under the influence of alcohol.

For not buckling up, action can be taken under Section 8 (1) of the Motor Vehicle Regulations (Seat Belt 1988) of the Road and Traffic Act Chapter 68.

Failure to buckle up is a compoundable offence that carries a fine between BND150 and BND500, which can also be brought to court and imposed with nine demerit points.

Those caught speeding can be fined under Section 24 of the Road and Traffic Act Chapter 68, which carries a fine between BND100 and BND350 (depending on the offence category) and eight to 21 demerit points.

Those caught using a mobile phone while driving face a fine between BND200 and BND400 under Section 29A of the Road and Traffic Act Chapter 68 for the first offence. Second and subsequent offences can be brought to court, with 12 demerit points.

Those caught driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs face a penalty under Section 26 of the Road and Traffic Act Chapter 68 that carries a fine of up to BND10,000, two years’ imprisonment and suspension of driving licence of at least three years for the first offence.

For the second and subsequent offences, a fine of up to BND20,000 can be levied with a four-year imprisonment and suspension of driving licence of at least three years, with 18 demerit point.

The full list of compound cases can be viewed at http://www.mtic.gov.bn.