Five motorists sentenced under the recently amended Road Transport Act

GEORGE TOWN: Five people pleaded guilty at the Magistrate's Court here to drink driving and were jailed, fined and have their driving licences suspended under the recently amended Road Transport Act. M. Logeswwaran, 21, Tan Lim Shen, 27, Chua Sin Keat, 29, Sin Kheng Lee, 32, and Khoo Jyn Wan, 34, were charged with driving under the influence of alcohol at different times and locations in the wee hours of Oct 25 and Oct 29.

The arrests, made under Ops Mabuk, saw the five charged under Section 45A(1) Road Transport Act (Amendment) 2020, punishable under the same section. The act now carries a jail term of up to two years, a maximum fine of RM30,000 and revocation of driving licences for two years or more. Magistrate Rosnee Mohd Radzuan sentenced Logeswwaran, Tan, Chua and Khoo to two weeks' jail, a fine of RM10,000 each, in default of six months' jail, and suspended their driving licence for a year.

Sin, a cafe manager was sentenced to 10 days' jail, RM13,000 fine in default six months' jail, and had his licence suspended for a year after his lawyer Teh Ee Teng said Sin suffered from Gout and needed to take his medication daily. "He is more susceptible in getting Covid-19," said Teh. Earlier, prosecution officer Asst Supt Ahmad Padzli Ali requested for an appropriate sentence, as it was a serious offence.

The Road Transport (Amendment) Act came into force on Oct 23.

Prior to the amendment, the punishments were a fine of between RM1,000 and RM6,000 or jail not exceeding 12 months.

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