Driver and vehicle owner who let underage individuals operate their vehicles will be held responsible in cases of underage driving and driving without a licence, says Transport Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong.
He said that this is considered to be negligence and vehicle owners can also be charged alongside the underage driver if they were caught violating the law.
”According to the Road Transport Act, anyone who allows their underage children to drive without a licence, not only the driver will be held responsible, but the owner of the vehicle too.” he was quoted as saying by The Star.
This came after a recent case where a 16-year-old student who drove a multi-purpose vehicle (MPV) and crashed into 2 grass cutters, killing one of them in Sungai Petani, Kedah.
He said that allowing a minor to operate any vehicles will only cause further problems as they are not covered under insurance since they do not process a driving license.
”Without a licence, the teenager cannot drive and there is no insurance coverage. This is to take care of the safety of other road users.” he said.
Meanwhile, Dr Wee also elaborated further on the government’s recent ban on certain micro-mobility vehicles on roads.
He then cited a from a local Chinese daily, saying that the rampant use of the micro-mobility vehicles has posed dangers to both themselves and other road users as riders ride blatantly on the road.
Meanwhile, he said the government do not have a problem with micro-mobility vehicles being allowed on a specific lane under the local authorities.
”But they shouldn’t be allowed on the road just like that,” he said.
”Who will be held responsible? In the end, the government would end up being blamed,” he added.
Dr Wee also said the ban does not apply to people with disabilities using such micro-mobility vehicles to move around as the speed limit was about six to 10km per hour, similar to walking.
“There is no oppression here. We will take action against whoever is at fault. There’s no taking sides in our policies,” he added.