Appeal dismissed to discourage driving uninsured vehicles

Fadley Faisal

The Chief Justice yesterday dismissed another appeal against a disqualification on finding the Magistrate’s order was “rightly” done.

Musa bin Haji Mahmud pleaded guilty in the Magistrate’s Court on September 28 to a charge of driving a vehicle without being insured and was ordered to settle a fine of BND750 and disqualified from driving for 12 months. “This is the second case this month where the appellant appeals against the disqualification order on the ground of inconvenience,” said Chief Justice Dato Seri Paduka Steven Chong referring to a similar appeal made to him recently.

DPP Hajah Siti Mu’izzah binti Haji Sabli, who appeared in the appeal as respondent, revealed the facts in the Magistrate’s Court case that Musa was stopped by traffic police while driving along Jalan Maulana in Kuala Belait on January 28 morning. The police discovered that Musa’s vehicle’s insurance policy had expired on October 31, 2016.

The Chief Justice found no “special reasons” in the appeal that relates to the offence instead of relating to the case itself.

“The appellant knowingly drove when uninsured for over three years putting other road users, in the event of an accident resulting in injury or death, at risk of not receiving compensation. This kind of irresponsible behaviour must be strongly discouraged,” the Chief Justice said.