Rear Passengers Can Be Fined RM300 For Not Wearing Seat Belts In 2020

The rule also applies to those taking the bus.

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New year, same fine.

Backseat passengers can be fined RM300 if they do not wear seat belts in 2020.

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Although the rule has been mandatory since 2009, enforcement will be stepped up beginning this year onwards.

According to a Facebook post by Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) on Sunday, 5 January, passengers above 17 years old will be fined RM300 if found guilty.

The rule also applies to passengers who do not wear lap belts when riding the bus

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A quick check on Road Transport Department's (JPJ) website reveals that those who do not use the seat belt (front or rear) will be fined up to RM2,000 or jailed for a maximum of one year.

This is just one of the steps being taken to reduce road accidents in Malaysia.

Citing 2018 statistics, road safety department (JKJR) director-general Datuk Rosli Isa previously revealed that an accident takes place every minute and a fatal accident every 70 minutes

This could be greatly reduced if passengers (both front and rear) wore seat belts.

According to a study by the Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (MIROS) in 2007, up to 50% of deaths, serious, and minor injury cases could have been reduced if the rear passengers and drivers had been using their seat belts.

So, don't forget to buckle up, guys. Your life costs a lot more than RM300.

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Beginning this year, having child safety seats for your children are also mandatory:

With the new year comes new laws. Check out this list of all the rules that are being enforced this year: