....from tomorrow (Sunday) June 1.
This is the new RTD ruling.
Passengers will be given a 3- month "grace period" during which rear seat passengers who don't buckle up will be warned. From Sept 1 2008 onwards, they will be fined. Seatbelts help to reduce injuries by preventing the wearer from hitting hard interior elements of the vehicle or other passengers during collision or emergency break.
Passengers who buckle up will have better chance to survive from accident.
Researches have shown that car drivers and/or front-seat passengers are 5 times more likely to die in a crash if their back-seat passengers are unrestrained.
However, for the time being, this ruling in Malaysia only applies to cars manufactured from January 1 1995.
It is a temporary waiver for a 3-year period for vehicles manufactured before January 1 1995, After that owners of these vehicles will be liable if the breach the ruling.
The grace period is to enable all vehicles to be equipped with rear-passenger seatbelts.
Vehicles manufactured before January1 1995 are not equipped with rear-passenger seat belts and not all vehicles manufactured after this date are, either.
Perodua Kancil and Kenari cars manufactured between 1998 until mid-2004 will also be exempted from the ruling until 2011..
This ruling is expected to impact on the total number of passengers allowed in a vehicle. A 5-seater will be limited to a passenger load of 5 persons including the driver, all fastened up. And a 7-seater is limited to 7 persons.
So far, the RTD has not indicated whether or not the buckling-up ruling covers 3rd row seats.
(Source: The 8th Voyager).
Be Safe and Buckle up!