Jail terms for driving under influence of alcohol, drugs increased up to 15 years

KUALA LUMPUR: The jail sentence for those convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs to the extent of causing death has been increased to between 10 to 15 years and a fine of between RM50,000 to RM100,000 for the first offence.

For the second and subsequent offence, the jail sentence will be between 15 to 20 years and a fine of between RM100,000 and RM150,000.

The increased fines and jail terms were included in the amendment to the Road Transport Act 1987 which was tabled for first reading at the Dewan Rakyat here today.

The first reading of the Road Transport (Amendment) Bill 2020 was made by Transport Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong, who also informed the House that the second and third reading of the Bill would be made during this meeting.

According to the Bill, drivers who cause hurt will face a maximum jail term of 10 years and a fine up to RM50,000 upon conviction.