A survey conducted jointly by the Institute of Road Safety Research (MIROS) and Department of Road Safety (JKJR) has shown that around 80% of the 117,000 students who ride motorcycles to school are unlicensed, said Road Transport Department (JPJ).
According to The Sun, JPJ Enforcement Division director Datuk V. Valluvan Veloo said parents giving permission to their children to ride motorcycles to school is also a big part of the problem.
“The study also found that parents give permission to their children to ride a motorcycle without a license.
“The excuse often given by the parents are such as the lack of public transport in their area and busy working that forced them to give their children a motorcycle to go to school,” he told reporters after launching the Kedah state level RTD Cadet here today.
Therefore, Valluvan said the department would take enforcement actions, which could include confiscating the motorcycle and issuing summonses to the student concerned.
However, he added that JPJ would first conduct advocacy programmes to raise awareness to the students and their parents on the importance of adhering to road regulations.