Crime & Courts

Lorry driver in Causeway pileup claims trial to reckless driving

JOHOR BARU: A lorry driver pleaded not guilty at the magistrate's court here today to a charge of reckless driving that led to an accident involving 11 other vehicles at the Johor Causeway earlier this month.

Amir Hasan Jalani, 34, made the plea after the charge against him was read out before magistrate Zuhainie Zull Kafli.

The accused was charged with reckless driving that caused the collision in Jalan Tambak Johor (the Causeway) here at 9.25am on July 7.

The charge was framed under Section 42(1) of the Road Transport Act 1987, which carries up to five years' jail, a fine of between RM5,000 and RM15,000 and disqualification from holding or obtaining a driving licence for not less than five years if convicted.

In the same court, lorry operator Level Hill Auto Parts Sdn Bhd, through its representative, Yap Shee Min, 34, pleaded not guilty to the charge of allowing the accused to drive the overloaded lorry in violation of his licence conditions.

The lorry driven by Amir Hasan was allegedly carrying a load of 91,240kg, which is 50,240kg, or 122.5 per cent, over the load limit of 41,000kg.

The offence was framed under Section 57(1)(b)(vi) of the Land Public Transport Act 2010, which provides for a fine of between RM1,000 and RM500,000 or up to two years' jail, or both, if convicted.

The court allowed Amir Hasan bail at RM4,000 with one surety. The company was allowed bail at RM3,000 with one surety.

The court set Sept 5 for mention of the case.

The prosecution was conducted by deputy public prosecutor Hayatul Wirdah Mohd Yunos.

The accused and the company were represented by lawyer Bustaman Menon Abdul Hamid Menon.

It was reported that the lorry driver was arrested at 1.15pm on the day of the incident. Police investigations found that the accident was caused by a technical problem.

Twelve vehicles were involved in the pileup at the Causeway heading to Singapore, involving six local vehicles and six foreign-registered ones. --Bernama

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