Taking Highway Code Test electronically
The Borneo Post - Sunday, March 23 2003
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KUCHING: Candidates sitting for the Road Transport Department (JPJ) Highway Code Test (Part One) in the State can, in the future, register and sit for the examination electronically once the facilities are completed, says Deputy Transport Minister Tan Sri Datuk Seri Ramli Ngah Talib.

At least three e-service centres would be built in Kuching, Sibu and Miri so that future candidates can go online to sit for the test, he told reporters after officiating the opening of State JPJ Complex here yesterday.

The centres are to be located strategically in the town areas for easy accessibility, he disclosed, adding that these would be handled by three private companies which are Speed, MyEG and Komms.

"This is part of our effort to achieve a e-government and in extending better services to the people. And the e­service centres will also have kiosks to deal with the issuance of driving licence," he said.

The new RM13 million State JPJ Complex is located at Km 18.5 Jalan Kuching-Serian and has started operations since October 1 last year.

Built on an eight-hectare land, it features six blocks complete with comfortable and updated facilities and houses about 130 staff.

It also houses the JPJ Kuching Branch.

Ramli also said that the department would soon be engaging in Automatic Vehicles Screening System (AVSS) for entry points in Sarawak, Kedah and Kelantan to monitor and record foreign vehicles that entered into the country.

"We have started the implementation of AVSS which cost RM2.9 million at Johor Bahru entry point since the intensity of foreign vehicles there are high.

And if the system is proved to be effective, we will introduce it to Sarawak, Kedah and Kelantan."

He added that JPJ would also take action against foreign drivers caught for violating the traffic law.

Earlier in this speech, he pointed out that the road accident rate and road accident death index in the country was rising annually.

In 1992, total accidents reported were 118,554 nationwide and the number increased to 279,641 in 2002 or by 135 percent.

Meanwhile, road accident death in 1992 were 4,554 and increased to 5,886 in 2002, he said.

This alarming figure, he said, had prompted the government to implement the revised Demerit Points this year where drivers would be given points each time they committed a traffic offence.

"Anyone who exceeds the maximum points will have their licence suspended," he said.

Ramli urged drivers to be cautious while on the road.

Among those present were Assistant Minister of Planning and Resource Management Datuk Alfred Yap, JPJ director-general Datuk Dr Mohd Shahar Sidek and JPJ State director Abdul Rahman Samad.