Road Transport Act 1987 [Act 333]

76A Authorized left turns   cite [+]

(1) Notwithstanding a red signal or other traffic sign indicating a place where traffic must stop at any traffic junction, any person driving a motor vehicle on a road may turn left at the traffic junction in accordance with any traffic sign authorizing such left turn that has been lawfully sited on such road after stopping before the marked stop line on the road to ascertain that it is safe to do so.

(2) For the purpose of subsection (1), the Minister may, after consultation with the Minister charged with the responsibility for works, make rules relating to the movement of motor vehicles and pedestrians and the erection of traffic signs at such authorized left turn traffic junctions.

(3) An appropriate authority may, with the approval of the Minister charged with the responsibility for works in relation to a Federal road and designated Federal Territory road, and in any case after consultation with the Chief Police Officer, establish such traffic signs as it considers appropriate, and shall execute any works (including the placing, erection and maintenance of traffic signs) required in connection with such authorized left turn traffic junctions.

(4) Any person who contravenes this section or any rules made under this section in relation to an authorized left turn shall be guilty of an offence and shall on conviction be liable to a fine of not less than three hundred ringgit and not more than two thousand ringgit.

77 Erection of traffic signs   cite [+]

(1) The Minister charged with the responsibility for works (in this section hereinafter referred to as the "Minister") in relation to any Federal road, and the appropriate authority in relation to any other road, within the area of such authority, may cause or permit traffic signs to be placed on or near such road and may from time to time repair, alter, change or remove the same.

(2) Any police officer or other public officer acting in the course of his duty may cause or permit to be placed and maintained on or near any road any traffic sign which may be necessary or expedient to give effect to any regulations or orders lawfully given or made under any powers conferred upon any police officer or other person by any written law relating to the prohibition, restriction, regulation or control of traffic or the search of vehicles or persons on such road or which may be necessary or expedient to prevent or mitigate congestion or obstruction of traffic or danger to or from traffic in consequence of extraordinary circumstances:

Provided that no such sign shall be maintained for any period longer than may be necessary for such purpose.

(3) Any person or public authority authorized under any written law to do or cause to be done any work on a road shall place and maintain or cause to be placed and maintained on or near any road such traffic signs as are necessary or expedient to prevent or mitigate danger to persons so working on such road or to or from traffic whilst such work is being carried out.

(4) The owners or workers of any railway, light railway or tramway undertaking or any dock or harbour undertaking may place and maintain or cause to be placed and maintained on or near any road any traffic sign in pursuance of, or which is necessary or expedient for the exercise of, any powers conferred upon them by any written law.

(5) After the appointed day no traffic sign other than a traffic sign lawfully placed in pursuance of this Part shall be placed on or near any road.

(6) For the purposes of this Act, any traffic sign existing on the appointed day which was lawfully placed on or near a road before the appointed day, and which complies as to size, colour and type with this section or with the provisions of any written law repealed by this Act, shall be deemed to have been lawfully placed in pursuance of this Part.

(7) Traffic signs other than notices in respect of the use of a bridge or traffic signs placed on or near any road in exercise of any powers conferred by subsection (2) or (3) shall be of the prescribed size, colour and type and shall if so prescribed be illuminated by lighting or by the use of reflectors or reflecting material in such manner as is prescribed:

Provided that a traffic sign shall not be deemed to be unlawfully placed on or near a road by reason only of a failure to comply with this subsection if in the opinion of a court the deviation from the prescribed size, colour, type or illumination is of a trivial character.

(8) The Minister in relation to a Federal road, and the appropriate authority in relation to any other road, within the area of such authority, may by notice in writing, require the owner or occupier of any land on which there is any traffic sign or any object which so closely resembles a traffic sign that it might reasonably be taken to be such a sign or any advertisement or other structure which is so placed as to obscure any traffic sign from view or to distract the attention of drivers, to remove it or to cut down any tree or vegetation which is growing on such land in such a manner as to obscure any such sign, and if any person fails or neglects to comply with such notice, may effect such removal or cutting down doing as little damage as may be and may recover as civil debt from the person in default the expense incurred in so doing:

Provided that this subsection shall not apply to any traffic sign placed on such land by the Minister or the appropriate authority or any public officer or authority acting in pursuance of any powers conferred by any written law.

(9) The Minister or the appropriate authority or any person acting under his or its authority may enter any land and exercise such other powers as may be necessary for the purpose of the exercise and performance of his or its powers and duties under this section:

Provided that unless with the consent of the occupier, no such entry shall be made into any dwelling house in actual occupation without twenty-four hours previous notice to such occupier or after sunset and before sunrise.

(10) In this Act, any reference to the placing of traffic signs shall include a reference to the display in any manner whether or not involving fixing or placing.

(11) Any person wilfully damaging, defacing, altering, removing or tampering with any traffic sign which is lawfully placed in pursuance of this Part shall be guilty of an offence and shall on conviction be liable to a fine not exceeding five hundred ringgit.

(12) Any person other than a person authorized under the provisions of this Part who places on or near any road any traffic sign or object which so closely resembles a traffic sign that it might reasonably be taken to be such a sign, or who places on or near any road any sign or advertisement in such manner as to obscure from view any traffic sign lawfully placed in pursuance of this Part shall be guilty of an offence and shall on conviction be liable to a fine not exceeding five hundred ringgit.

78 Power to set up roadblocks   cite [+]

(1) Notwithstanding anything contained in any other law, any police officer in uniform authorized in writing by a senior police officer of the rank of Inspector and above, including a probationary Inspector, or any road transport officer in uniform authorized in writing by the Director, may, if he considers it necessary so to do for the enforcement of this Act, erect or place or cause to be erected or placed any barrier as prescribed on or across any road in such manner as he may think fit; and any such officer may take all reasonable measures to prevent any vehicle from being driven past any such barrier, including any measure to pursue and stop any such vehicle where, having regard to the attendant circumstances at a given moment of time, it is apparent that if such measure is not taken the escape of such vehicle to avoid detection or otherwise is likely to be imminent.

(2) Any person who fails to comply with any reasonable signal of a police officer in uniform or a road transport officer in uniform requiring such person or vehicle to stop before reaching any such barrier or attempts to cross or knock any such barrier, shall be guilty of an offence and shall on conviction be liable to a fine not exceeding two thousand ringgit or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months or to both.

(3) No officer shall be liable for any loss, injury or damage caused to any person or property consequent upon his taking the steps mentioned in subsection (1).

79 Penalties for neglect of traffic directions and signs   cite [+]

(1) Where a police officer in uniform, a road transport officer in uniform or a traffic warden in uniform, is for the time being engaged in regulating traffic on a road, notwithstanding that any traffic sign has been lawfully placed on or near that road, any person driving or propelling any vehicle who fails or neglects to stop the vehicle or to make it proceed in or keep to a particular line of traffic when directed so to do by such police officer, road transport officer or traffic warden, shall be guilty of an offence and shall on conviction be liable to a fine of not less than three hundred ringgit and not more than two thousand ringgit.

(2) Subject to subsection (1) and section 76A, where any traffic sign has been lawfully placed on or near any road, any pedestrian or any person driving or propelling any vehicle, who fails or neglects to conform to the indication given by the sign, shall be guilty of an offence and shall on conviction be liable to a fine of not less than three hundred ringgit and not more than two thousand ringgit.

(3) In any proceedings for an offence against this section, in so far as it is necessary in order to establish the offence charged, it shall be presumed until the contrary is proved that such sign was lawfully placed under the provisions of section 77.

80 Ropes, etc., across road   cite [+]

Any person who for any purpose places or causes to be placed any road hump or any rope, wire, chain, tackle or similar apparatus across a road or any part thereof in such a manner as to be likely to cause danger to persons or damage to vehicles using the road shall, unless he proves that he had a lawful right so to do and that he had taken all necessary means to give adequate warning of the danger, be guilty of an offence and shall on conviction be liable to a fine not exceeding two thousand ringgit or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months or to both.

81 Restriction on competitions and speed trials   cite [+]

(1) No competition or trial of speed involving the use of vehicles shall take place on a road without the previous written authority of the Minister in relation to a Federal road, or the appropriate authority in relation to a road other than a Federal road, within the area of such authority.

(2) Any person who promotes, advertises or assists in the management or supervision of any competition or trial of speed which has not been so approved, shall be guilty of an offence and shall on conviction be liable to a fine not exceeding two thousand ringgit or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months or to both.

(3) Any person who takes part in, or any driver or person in charge of any vehicle used in any competition or trial of speed which has not been so approved, shall be guilty of an offence, and shall-

(a) in the case of a first conviction, be liable to a fine not exceeding two thousand ringgit or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months or to both and if the court thinks fit to order, shall be disqualified from holding or obtaining a driving licence for a period of time not exceeding one year;

(b) in the case of a second or subsequent conviction, be liable to a fine not exceeding five thousand ringgit or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding one year or to both, and if the court thinks fit to order, shall be disqualified from holding or obtaining a driving licence for a period of time not exceeding three years.


(4) Any police officer may arrest without warrant any person committing an offence under subsection (3) and may seize and detain for the purposes of proceedings under this Act, any vehicle used in any competition or trial of speed which has not been so approved.

82 Forfeiture of vehicles used in competitions and speed trials   cite [+]

(1) Where a motor vehicle has been seized by the police under subsection 81(4), and it is proved to the satisfaction of a court that such vehicle has been used in the commission of a second or subsequent offence under subsection 81(3), the court may, on the written application of the Public Prosecutor, make an order for the forfeiture of the vehicle, notwithstanding that no person has been convicted of that offence:

Provided that a copy of the written application of the Public Prosecutor shall be served on the registered owner or any other claimant whose name is endorsed in the registration certificate of such motor vehicle.

(2) An order for the forfeiture or for the release of a vehicle liable to forfeiture under this section, may be made by the court before which the prosecution in respect of a second or subsequent offence under subsection 81(3), has been or will be held.

(3) If there is no prosecution in respect of a second or subsequent offence under subsection 81(3), a notice in writing shall be given to the owner of the vehicle seized under subsection 81(4), if known, that he or his agent authorized in writing may, within one month from the date of the notice, establish his claim to the vehicle and if no claim is made within that period, the vehicle seized shall be forfeited.

(4) Where the owner of the vehicle seized under subsection 81(4) is not known, a notice in the Gazette shall be given specifying that such vehicle has been seized and calling upon any person who may have a claim thereto, within one month from the date of such notice, to appear and establish his claim and that if the vehicle is not claimed within the specified period, the vehicle shall be forfeited.

(5) Upon receipt of a claim under subsection (3) or (4) the Chief Police Officer may direct that such vehicle be released.

(6) Any person aggrieved by the decision of a Chief Police Officer under subsection (5) may appeal to the Minister whose decision shall be final.

(7) No person shall in any proceedings in any court, in respect of the seizure of any vehicle under subsection 81(4), be entitled to the costs of such proceedings or to any damages or other relief, other than an order for the return of such vehicle, unless such seizure was made without reasonable or probable cause.

83 Power to erect refuges, subways and footbridges   cite [+]

The appropriate authority, with the approval of the Minister charged with the responsibility for works, in relation to a Federal road, may-

(a) for the purposes of protecting traffic along a road from danger, or of making the crossing of any road less dangerous to pedestrians, erect, light, maintain, alter and remove places of refuge in the road, construct, maintain, alter and remove road humps on the road and construct, light, maintain, alter, remove and temporarily close subways under the road or footbridges for the use of pedestrians;

(b) whenever it considers necessary or desirable for the safety or accommodation of pedestrians, provide proper and sufficient footpaths by the side of roads under its control; and

(c) whenever it considers necessary or desirable for the safety or accommodation of ridden horses and driven livestock, provide adequate grass or other margins by the side of the roads under its control.

84 Power to remove structures from roads   cite [+]

(1) Where any structure has been erected or set up on or over a road or on or over a road reserve otherwise than under any written law, the Minister charged with the responsibility for works (in this section hereinafter referred to as "Minister") in relation to a Federal road or of any road reserve bordering on a Federal road, and the appropriate authority in relation to any other road or road reserve, within the area of such authority, may by notice in writing, require the person having control or possession of the structure to remove it within such period as may be specified in the notice or within such extended period as the Minister or appropriate authority, as the case may be, issuing the notice may allow.

(2) If any structure in respect of which a notice has been served under this section is not removed within the time specified in the notice, the Minister or the appropriate authority may remove the structure:

Provided that the power of the Minister or the appropriate authority under this subsection shall not be exercised until the expiration of one month after the date of the service of the notice.

(3) Notwithstanding subsections (1) and (2), where there is a likelihood of immediate danger to traffic arising from any structure referred to in subsection (1), the Minister or the appropriate authority, as the case may be, may take such action as is necessary to remove such structure without giving notice to any person.

(4) Where any structure has been removed by the Minister or the appropriate authority under this section, and the expenses of the removal and detention of the structure have not been paid within one week after the date of such removal, the Minister or the appropriate authority may, after giving one month's notice in writing to the person having control or possession of the structure immediately before such removal, sell by public auction or otherwise dispose of such structure; and any proceeds from such sale or disposal shall be applied in payment of the expenses of such removal and detention and any surplus shall be paid to the person having the control or possession of the structure immediately before such removal or shall, if not claimed by such person within three months after the date of the sale or disposal, be forfeited to the revenue of the Federal Government or the appropriate authority, as the case may be.

(5) Nothing in subsection (4) shall prohibit-

(a) the disposal as the Minister or the appropriate authority may think fit of any fish, meat, fruit, vegetable or other perishable goods, if any, removed together with the structure, and any proceeds from such disposal shall be applied in the same manner as hereinbefore provided in respect of proceeds from the sale or disposal of the structure; or

(b) the recovery as a civil debt of the whole or part of the expenses of removal or detention from the person having the control or possession of the structure immediately before such removal.


(6) Notice under subsection (1) may be served either personally or by post or by affixing it to the structure to which the notice relates.

(7) In this section, the expression "structure" includes any machines, pumps, posts and such other objects as are capable of causing obstruction or of endangering traffic.

85 Construction of access and drains and laying of public utility installations to existing roads   cite [+]

(1) No person shall-

(a) construct any access road (including paths, driveways or other means of access, whether public or private) to join any road;

(b) construct a drain to join a drain constructed alongside a road;

(c) carry out any works of any description in, upon, over or under any road,


unless plans containing details of the layout (including such particulars as may be prescribed) have been submitted to and approved by the Minister charged with the responsibility for works in relation to a Federal road, or the appropriate authority in relation to a road other than a Federal road, and the Minister or the appropriate authority, as the case may be, may refuse such application or allow it on such conditions as he or it may impose.

(2) Where in the opinion of the Minister or the appropriate authority there is-

(a) a likelihood of danger to traffic;

(b) any flooding, interference or obstruction; or

(c) any failure to comply with any conditions imposed under subsection (1)


in the course of, or arising from any works referred to in subsection (1), the Minister or the appropriate authority may, by notice in writing, require the person to whom approval was granted or the occupier of the premises or land, as the case may be, to take such appropriate action as is necessary to remove the danger or to remove any interference, obstruction or to stop up any drain or to comply with the conditions imposed within the time specified in the notice, failing which the Minister or the appropriate authority may take such actions as are necessary to discontinue the danger or flooding, interference or obstruction or to ensure compliance with the conditions imposed.

(3) Subject to subsection (6), it shall be lawful for the Minister or the appropriate authority, as the case may be, by notice in the Gazette, to require the closure or diversion of or alterations to be made to any access road (whether constructed before or after the commencement of this Act).

(4) Where any action has been taken by the Minister or the appropriate authority under subsection (2) or (3), the expenses incurred and certified in writing by the Minister or the appropriate authority in taking such action shall be a debt due to the Government,
or the appropriate authority, as the case may be, by the person to whom approval was granted or the occupier of the premises or land and may be deducted from such security deposit paid to the Minister or the appropriate authority as a condition for carrying out the works referred to in subsection (1).

(5) Where any works under subsection (1) has been executed and it is found that the works were executed for the purpose of making any direct connection of any public utility to any premises or for joining a drain to one constructed alongside a road for the purpose of drainage of the land on which the first mentioned drain was constructed the occupier of the premises or land shall be deemed to be the person carrying out such works for the purpose of this section.

(6) Where as a result of a notice issued by the Minister or the appropriate authority under subsection (3) an access road existing at the time of the issuance of the notice will be totally closed and there will be no alternative access road, the Minister or the appropriate authority, as the case may be, shall, prior to the closure, provide an alternative access road:

Provided that where an alternative access road cannot be provided or cannot be provided without incurring unreasonable amount of expenditure, the land so affected shall be acquired in accordance with any existing law relating to compulsory acquisition and such acquisition shall be deemed to be for a public purpose.

(7) Any person who contravenes subsection (1) or fails to comply with such conditions as may be imposed in a permit issued under that subsection shall be guilty of an offence and shall on conviction be liable to a fine not exceeding ten thousand ringgit or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding one year:

Provided that any punishment imposed under this subsection shall not affect any civil liability of the person to whom approval was granted or the occupier of the premises or land.

(8) The Minister or the appropriate authority, as the case may be, may make rules to regulate and control the carrying out or construction of any of the works referred to in subsection (1).


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