Number of road fatalities went down by over 25% in 2020

KUALA PILAH: The number of people killed on Malaysian roads went down by more than 25% in 2020, says Road Transport Department (JPJ) director-general Datuk Zailani Hashim. He said 4,297 people were killed in 2020 compared to 5,764 in 2019. “Apart from enforcement work by the authorities, the fall in the number of accidents and fatalities can be attributed to the movement control order,” he said after opening the new Kuala Pilah JPJ office.

Zailani said the number of road accidents also fell to 418,237 last year from 567,516 in 2019, a 26.3% drop. Zailani said revenue collected by the department in 2020 fell marginally to RM4.1bil from the RM4.32bil received in 2019. “It does not upset me if our revenue falls if there is a decrease in road accidents and fatalities.

“The JPJ will find ways to increase revenue by digitalising its services rather than issuing summonses and compounds to motorists,” he said. Citing an example, Zailani said the introduction of the online bidding system for vehicle registration numbers has helped increase revenue for the JPJ. He said the JPJ has received a very good response from recent special plates such as PPP, KFC and RAJ.

“For the RAJ series alone, we got an income of RM3.4mil,” he added.