Rear seat belt enforcement begins next year

Road Safety Department director-general Leslie Leon announced that owners of vehicles without third rear seat belts will be issued traffic summonses, effective January 1, 2012.

“Proton and Perodua have been carrying out a three-year campaign, from 2009 until December 31 2011, to install free third rear seat belts for their make of vehicles, but sadly people are still lax about the matter,” he said after launching a Road Safety Campaign at the International Islamic University (IIU) here, today.

Leslie was commenting on the reported statement by Proton and Perodua which claimed that the numbers coming in for the free fitting were still low.

Proton reported that only 17.68 percent of its vehicle owners have fitted out the seat belts, while Perodua has recorded 43 percent so far.

Also present at the event today was IIU Rector Prof Dr Zaleha Kamarudin, SIRIM QAS International Sdn Bhd managing director Khalidah Mustafa and IIU safety department director Hamdan Adnan.

– Bernama