No Plan to Make Dashcams Compulsory Yet

Transport Minister Anthony Loke said there is yet a plan to make dashcams or dashboard cameras compulsory for all vehicles in the country.

He said his ministry needs to consider various aspects including the costs that the people will have to bear if it is made mandatory.

“However, we encourage the installation of dashcams especially on new vehicles directly from the manufacturer. If they can install (dashcams) together with new cars, we highly encourage that, but so far we have not made it mandatory.”

Loke also encouraged bus operators to install the device so that it can recorded and the footage used as evidence if the vehicle is involved in a road accident.

“The installation of a dashcam and its footage can be used as proof in the event of an accident to find out who is at fault or who should be held responsible,” he said.

Meanwhile, Loke said last year’s road accident statistics recorded 600,000 accidents resulting in the death of more than 6,500 people.

“If we look at the statistics, the average is 15 to 17 people die every day and this number is a big number.

“Every person who died, for us this is a tragedy that does not need to happen because this road accident can be avoided if every driver takes a cautious attitude and obeys the rules of the road,” he said.

Therefore, Loke hopes that the public can be prudent drivers, always aware and careful to reduce the risk of road accidents.

Wahid's lust for motorcycles was spurred on by his late-Dad's love for his Lambretta on which he courted, married his mother, and took baby Wahid riding on it. He has since worked in the motorcycle and automotive industry for many years, before taking up riding courses and testing many, many motorcycles since becoming a motojournalist. Wahid likes to see things differently. What can you say about a guy who sees a road safety message in AC/DC's "Highway to Hell."

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