Automatic upgrade from B2 to B licence not an easy decision - Loke

PUTRAJAYA: The decision to automatically upgrade the B2 class motorcycle driving licence to a B licence is not a simple one, said Transport Minister Anthony Loke.

This, as it has a serious implication not only for the motorcyclists but also the society.

"When it comes to making such a policy decision, it is not the process that is slow. (But) the reason why we have yet to make a decision is because it is a big decision with big implications.

"Frankly speaking, agencies (under the ministry) such as the Road Transport Department (RTD) are not very keen on the proposal due to its implications.

"However, we took note of views including from Yang Berhormat (referring to Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi) and we will not stop here," he said in response to a question posed by one of the participants during an engagement session with the Malaysian Motorcycle Association today.

Present was Zahid and Deputy Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Shamsul Anuar Nasarah.

Loke said several matters must be taken into account before the full conversion could be implemented.

"Statistics (from Bukit Aman Traffic Investigation and Enforcement Department) show that most road accidents involve those aged between 16 and 35.

"First, if we were to consider it, can we all agree that it should be for those aged 35 and above?

"A person who just got a B2 licence and then was given a B licence will act arbitrarily. However, if he is slightly older, he might be more experienced besides having responsibilities towards his family and so on.

"Second, we must consider the period that one must hold a B2 licence before being granted a B licence.

"If we can agree to these two, maybe we can make a decision soon."

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