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The government will be reviewing the Road Transport Act, in particular laws governing driving under the influence. NSTP

PUTRAJAYA: The government will be reviewing the Road Transport Act, in particular laws governing driving under the influence.

Transport Minister Anthony Loke said the review will include an assessment of blood alcohol content standards, heavier penalties as well as the effectiveness of awareness campaigns.

Loke said the government was looking at reviewing the current blood alcohol content (BAC) standards in Malaysia, which he described as “quite liberal”.

Malaysia’s current threshold is 80mg of alcohol per 100ml blood.

Loke said they were looking to adopt the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) standard, in which the prescribed limit is 50mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood.

“The Cabinet has principally agreed to a review of the existing laws, which are quite liberal.

“We will also review the penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs under Section 44,” he told a press conference at the ministry today.

Under existing laws, offenders face a fine of between RM8,000 and RM20,000 and a jail term of between three and 10 years.

“The ministry will consult the police and stakeholders to gather their views. We hope to present the draft for the amendments of the law within a few months.

“We hope to table the Bill in Parliament in June or July,” he said.

Apart from penalties, Loke said the ministry would also look at other aspects such as enforcement, health assessment and stepping up awareness campaigns on drink driving.

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