Road Transportation Law in Malaysia

Updated on Thursday 11th August 2016

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The main regulatory law on road transportation in Malaysia is the Malaysian Road Transport Act since 1987. It provides relevant information on what is considered appropriate/inappropriate actions relating to the vehicle and the driver.

The Malaysian Road Transport Act incorporates important amendments and the classification of motor vehicles, provisions and implications of the Act to motorists. If you are foreigner, you will find this information useful, assuming that you intend to drive safely in Malaysia.

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Important provisions of Malaysian Road Transport Act 

First of all, every driver should know that no one is allowed to drive a vehicle without a valid license. In addition, those who contravene the above rule are liable to be fined. For example, for this kind of infringement, a driver can be fined RM150 (Malaysian Ringgit, the local currency) in a court of law. Moreover, a similar punishment is applied for drivers who have their driving license expired or for ones who don't have a driving license at all.

Most important, it's an offence (that many motorists are unaware of) to drive underage; 17 is the minimum age in Malaysia for driving cars and 16 for driving motors. Drivers who are underage will be fined with RM1,000 and even be given a six months imprisonment. 

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Other general road rules in Malaysia

The majority of Malaysian road signs are quite similar with other road signs from other countries so despite the infrequent use of Malay words, it wouldn't be very difficult to understand what the signs mean to foreigners.

Generally, the speed limit in town is between 50-70 kph and on the highway it’s 90-110 kph. Over the past decade, numerous cameras have been installed by the police to spot anyone exceeding the speed limit and to reduce the number of road accidents. Most often, they are placed near traffic lights, being noticeable for drivers, but others on the highway are hidden under bridges, being invisible to drivers. 

Needless to say, driving under alcoholic influence is prohibited, for 0.8 grams per litre or over the driver will be fined aproximately RM2,000 or imprisoned for maximum 6 months. Moreover, he/she can lose the driving license for at least 12 months. A cab is an affordable alternative to be driven home safely in the case of having consumed alcoholic beverages, without risking life of driver and attendants, or fines and imprisonment.

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